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Count Your Fate!

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:#49521
Fun:** (2.04)
Difficulty:*** (2.29)
Category:Situation
Submitted By:Marpleen*****

 

 

 



A man is very bad at counting. He starts to count but gets confused and drops dead. What has happened?


Hint

It may have happened in the long distant past.
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Comments

JimShorts*us*
Jun 28, 2012

I thought maybe he had just pulled the pin out of a hand grenade. But then I guess he wouldn't "drop" dead. Well, he might drop in many places...
Mad-AdeAhu*
Jul 07, 2012

I don't imagine being shot in the back is considered the same as "dropped dead".
Marpleen*
Jul 08, 2012

Thanks for your comments guys! If a bullet hit the right place in a person's back they could drop down dead.
BookwormAnG*
Sep 15, 2012

There are too many possible answers for this teaser..
30angel100Aus*
Nov 06, 2012

I agree ^
eighsseAus*
Jul 27, 2013

I somewhat agree that there are many answers, but honestly, after reading the hint, duel immediately came to my mind. Good riddle.
spikethru4*au*
Jul 28, 2013

If you think there are too many answers, at least suggest some alternatives!
dewtell*us*
Jan 23, 2015

Given the "long distant past" hint, I thought he might have been a less successful version of Josephus (search the "Josephus problem" for details - basically, Josephus and one of his companions arranged to be the last two killed in a mutual suicide pact by arranging themselves in the correct two positions in a circle where every nth man is to be killed), or a soldier in a Roman legion subject to decimation (every 10th man to be killed - although historically, it turns out that this was decided by lot, not counting off in a line). If he miscounted a "safe" position, he could have wound up being killed instead of surviving. Whether this counts as "dropping dead" or not is subject to interpretation.

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