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The Elephant's Tree

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Puzzle ID:#40350
Fun:*** (2.73)
Difficulty:** (1.46)
Submitted By:pikamudkipAca****




On one side of a river, there is an elephant. On the other side, there is a peanut tree. The elephant really wants the peanuts, but he is too heavy for a boat, can't swim, there is no bridge, his trunk isn't long enough to reach, the river is too wide to jump across, too deep to walk across and the ends are miles away. How does the elephant get to the peanut tree?

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Feb 05, 2008

You just said the elephant wants the peanuts, which means it doesn't have to be a tree, but a peanut stand of sorts o_o If you changed the wording around a little bit such that the elephant never recognizes the peanut tree, but you tell US about it, then it's a pretty darn good riddle.
Feb 05, 2008

kind of a waste of time, not clever
Feb 05, 2008

hmm i don't think it's very clever and it said how does he get to the peanut tree
you clearly state theres such ting as a peanut tree
Feb 05, 2008

hmm i don't think it's very clever and it said how does he get to the peanut tree
you clearly state theres such ting as a peanut tree
Feb 05, 2008

I have to agree - in the set-up you tell us "On the other side, there is a peanut tree." Therefore, making the answer, "There is no such thing as a peanut tree," is a cheat, not a trick. Your set-up tells us to disregard our knowledge that peanuts grow on vines, underground. In this elephant's universe, peanut's DO grow on trees. Sorry, but this one doesn't make it. Better luck next time
Feb 05, 2008

i got the answer but it was stupid sry try another one
Feb 05, 2008

Don't listen to them, i liked it, who cares if you said he wanted to get to the peanut tree, there better judgement should have helped them sovle this riddle. goo job!
Feb 05, 2008

Feb 06, 2008

I think you had it right the first time, Majher - it was a "goo job". A bit sticky and not fun to be stuck in. No offense intended to the writer, but I don't think the discussion about the "peanut tree" matters either way. It's just not an interesting teaser, regardless - in my opinion, of course.
Good day to all.
Feb 06, 2008

d'oh!!!! good teaser.

we weren't asked to suspend reality. we were given statements to evaluate. i did poorly!
Feb 06, 2008

Took me a while to get, but I'm proud to say I did get it
Feb 09, 2008

lol... i actually thought it was funny
Feb 10, 2008

Haha. That one got me stumped.
Another answer is:A mouse appeared suddenly next to him and he ran, at the speed of light, across the top of the water.
Feb 11, 2008

I like the mouse ending!
Feb 11, 2008

How cute!
Feb 15, 2008

Elephant: MOUSE!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 20, 2008

I liked it!
Feb 26, 2008

congrats on teaser, I don't know when I'll be able to post one of my own!
Feb 26, 2008

Mar 16, 2008

i like that one...dont listen to the ppl who say that you make it sound like there is such thing as a peanut tree bc that is the whole have to trick them into thinking that there is such thing hence the category trick
Mar 17, 2008

But you just said there was a peanut tree! So was the elephant imagining the peanut tree? Was it a mirage? If so, then the elephant was probably in a desert. But there are no rivers in deserts! Ha! I win!

lol funny
Mar 18, 2008

I liked it I thought it was VERY clever
Mar 22, 2008

well clever in a way. But if you state something in your teaser, then it must be real. like a talking fruit in a joke, they dont exist but in the joke it does. Sorry just doesnt make sense to me :/
Mar 28, 2008

i really liked it. don't worry, the people who say it was cheating are just jealous because they couldn't complete it. i think it was funny.
Apr 01, 2008

I actually got this one, because I know that peanuts grow underground, I think. At leats, not on trees.

Still, good one!
Apr 01, 2008

I'd rather you reword the last sentence:

"Is there a way for the Elephant to reach it?"

So the people complaining, won't.
Apr 27, 2008

my ans. was
"Peanuts don't grow on trees"
same thing right???
Apr 27, 2008

fun teaser by the way
Jul 15, 2008

Not much of a teaser...
Aug 26, 2008

i think it was a pretty good teaser, better than some of the others i've done... good job
Sep 23, 2008

Elephants can swim - in the riddle it can't.
No such thing as a peanut tree - but in the riddle there can be

Jimmy Carter wld have got it!
Sep 23, 2008

NB: they may have looked and smelled like peanuts (acorns possibly)
Nov 02, 2008

totally fell for that! Good teaser!
Nov 12, 2008

Forget the nay-sayers who are just sore @ getting it wrong - I love this teaser!
Jan 09, 2009

Sorry I agree with the majority here about stating that there is a peanut tree. Besides, there are peanut trees so the answer isn't even correct. Check out the web site:

Gene splicing at its finest.
Mar 05, 2009

Har.har. You got me. Right after I read another riddle about a potato tree and said, 'Those riddles are silly.'
Apr 11, 2009

LOL I love it!
May 07, 2009

It still doesn't answer the question though..How does the elephant go to the other side of the river???
May 26, 2009

I didn't know peanuts grew on trees, whaen the teaser said peanut tree, I thought I learned a new fact!
Jul 08, 2011

Well done, totally caught me out there haha
Nov 18, 2011

Feb 06, 2013

I didn't like this at all! If you state that there is a peanut tree then it's no good saying they don't exist later. That's like saying that the answer is "There wan't an elephant standing there after all".
Feb 07, 2013

Indeed ^^^
Dec 05, 2013

Hmm, I noticed that there is no such thing as a peanut tree (In german they are called "Erd-nuss"="Earth Nut"!!) and I guess if someone had asked me this in person I would have mentioned that they don't grow on trees and the questioner should then at least say that I had basically solved the riddle...
But yea, making the answer contradict the setup is no good IMO. If, for example, it would have been a steak on the other side of the river, and the bit about the elephant actually wanting it left out, then "Elephants don't like steaks" would have been a reasonable answer (but a fairly lame riddle...)

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