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## Jacks and Aces

Logic puzzles require you to think. You will have to be logical in your reasoning.

 Puzzle ID: #917 Fun: (2.68) Difficulty: (2.51) Category: Logic Submitted By: slippy0101 Corrected By: cowman12

A man has 3 cards face down on a table. One is a jack and two are aces. He knows the order but you do not. You can ask him one yes or no question, but when you do, you have to point to one of the cards. If you point to an ace, he will tell the truth, if you point to the jack, he will randomly say yes or no. You have to find one of the aces.

Point to the middle card and say, "Is the card to the right an ace?" If the answer is yes, then the card on the right is an ace. If the answer is no, the card on the left is an ace. This solution works because if you're pointing to an ace then he's obviously telling the truth and if you're pointing to the jack the answer doesn't matter anyway because you will pick one of the other two which are both aces.
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 Mike1313 Sep 26, 2001 Ok, you didn't say they were in a line. Mike1313 Dec 03, 2001 Plus, I'd just pick one. I have a 66.67% chance of picking an ace, and thouse are pretty good odds. cathalmccabe May 29, 2002 SO Jack you would prefer 66.7% to 100% chance? krishnan Oct 11, 2003 This is a really good one. I tried hard but couldn't get it. SPUTNIK2 Feb 08, 2006 tricky! tricky! MadDog72 Mar 12, 2006 I was convinced there was no solution until I read the answer. Good one! jntrcs Apr 08, 2006 that can't be right. that would mean there is always an ace to the right... what if the jack was there TehIgnored Jun 22, 2006 if the jack was on the right, you must have been pointing to an Ace, which means he would tell the truth, and tell you that there is no Ace to the right of the card you are pointing to....choose the left card, it has to be an ace. JasonD Aug 04, 2008 Kudos for originality, and double for stumping me! My lame solution was to point at a card and ask, "Is my mother's mother's maiden name 'Thomas'?" If were pointing at a an ace, the man would balk, not knowing the answer, but a Jack would get me a 'yes' or 'no'. Your solution is, of course, more proper and elegant. farazahmad Dec 14, 2012 Another question could be to ask "Does your middle card borders an Ace?" If the answer is yes, we know it is true and the middle card is an Ace. If the answer is no, the middle card is a Jack and other cards are Aces.