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Birbal The Wise - XIX

Situation puzzles (sometimes called lateral thinking puzzles) are ones where you need to ask lots of yes or no questions to figure out what happened in the situation. These are good puzzles for groups where one person knows the puzzle and answers the questions.


Puzzle ID:#37003
Fun:**** (3.22)
Difficulty:*** (2.62)
Submitted By:brainsterAin******
Corrected By:brainster




Emperor Akbar once ruled over India. He was a wise and intelligent ruler; and he had in his court the Nine Gems, his nine advisors, who were each known for a particular skill. One of these Gems was Birbal, known for his wit and wisdom. The story below is one of the examples of his wit. Do you have it in you to find the answer?

One day the Emperor Akbar stumbled on a small rock in the royal gardens and momentarily went off balance. He was in a bad mood that day and the incident only served to make him more angry.

Finding a target for his mood of the day, he ordered the gardener's arrest and execution.

Birbal heard of this and visited the gardener in the cell where he was being held awaiting execution. Birbal had known the gardener for many years and also knew of the gardener's immense respect and sense of loyalty for the king. He decided to help the gardener escape the death sentence and explained his plan to the gardener, who reluctantly agreed to go along.

The next day the gardener was asked what his last wish was before he was hanged, as was custom. The gardener requested an audience with the emperor. This wish was granted, but when the man neared the throne he tried to attack the emperor.

The emperor was shocked and demanded an explanation. The gardener looked at Birbal, who stepped forward and explained why the gardener had attacked the emperor.

The emperor immediately realised how unjust he had been and ordered the release of the gardener. How did Birbal manage this?


"Your Majesty," said Birbal, "there is probably no person more loyal to you than this unfortunate gardener. Fearing that people would say you hanged him for a silly reason and question your sense of justice, he went out of his way to give you a genuine reason for hanging him."

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Jun 20, 2007

Nice teaser - that was tough. But what happened to Birbal the Wise - XIX?

It goes XVIII and then XX.
Jun 20, 2007

I love the Birbal teasers even though I never seem to get them! Great job!
Jun 20, 2007

Jun 20, 2007

i love the answer. so very wise and just.
Jun 22, 2007

Love the Birbal teasers keep them coming.
Jun 28, 2007

Don't forget to send me a message saying what subject you want me to do on a quiz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 30, 2007

I'd love to be as smart as Birbal
Aug 23, 2007

GO BIRBAL!!!!!!!
Nov 02, 2007

Always the unexpected!
Jun 04, 2008

Why is Birbal answering for the gardener? "The emporer was so insulted that the gardner could not answer for himself that he had both Birbal and the gardner be-headed." And then Akbar was assassinated for being a jerk. The end. I like the fact that the stories are always written so that things always work out for matter how silly or wrong. In real life, Birbal would have been executed a long time ago.
Jun 18, 2008

wasn't expecting dat
Apr 14, 2009

If the ruler doesn't act reasonably/rationally/justly toward the gardener at first, there's no good reason to assume he will when confronted with his injustice through a clearly conjured charade.
If I were a totalitarian ruler, I'd have them both done away with.
Interesting teaser, nonetheless.
Sep 04, 2009

Love it! Actually got it!
Apr 21, 2010

I must admit, I didn't think there would be any satisfactory explanation, but that was fantastic!
Aug 12, 2010

Sigh... The last of Birbal's adventures...
Mar 08, 2011

ok @zembebo and other ppl- Mughal rule in India did tend to be a lil totalitarian and yes, the rulers weren't all that just,fair and stuff. these are meant for ppl to enjoy. So if u dont lyk them, plz dont comment harshly on EVERY one of them. thanks.
Dec 03, 2015

I looked at this immediately following "Birbal The Wise - XVIII." It seems the gold coin may not have been the greatest choice. Birbal may not always be there

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