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Psychic and the King

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:#3945
Fun:*** (2.87)
Difficulty:** (1.35)
Submitted By:supermew30****
Corrected By:Nytwynd




There was once a king of a foreign country. He had a psychic who always made fun of him when he wasn't around. The king heard the psychic one day. He was going to ask the psychic one more question and then kill him. The psychic finds out about his plan. He had to save himself somehow. The king asked him when he (the king) would die. The psychic gave an answer that saved his life. What answer did he give?

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May 11, 2002

that was good well done
May 12, 2002

I agree, very good
May 21, 2002

Good one, but who listens to psychics anyway?
Jun 11, 2002

i got that right
Jun 11, 2002

An alternative is to give the king a date in terms of his age, i.e. at age 100 years the king will die
Jun 11, 2002

Easy But Good Well Done :-)
Jun 11, 2002

This was easy, but i still liked it.
Jun 11, 2002

good good good good goood goood goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood 1!
Jun 12, 2002

Got this one right away. I think I'm catching on!
Jun 13, 2002

I got that! Well done whoever wrote it!
Jun 17, 2002

good one! But sadly im daft enough to not have gotten it
Jul 10, 2002

west-wizen, he's trying to save his *own* life, not the kings, so he tells him that the king will die when he dies, so if the king kills him, then the king will die as well.
Jun 04, 2007

I've seen this one before! (Not on Braingle, just...somewhere)
Dec 14, 2010

I thought the psychic said, "You will die when another person dies from your actions."

Now the king won't plot to kill anybody!!!

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