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Go Ahead, Shoot

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Puzzle ID:#17735
Fun:**** (3.2)
Difficulty:** (1.76)
Submitted By:od-1Aca****
Corrected By:MarcM1098




Pirate Pete had been captured by a Spanish general and sentenced to death by his 50-man firing squad.

Pete cringed, as he knew their reputation for being the worst firing squad in the Spanish military. They were such bad shots that they would often all miss their targets and simply maim their victims, leaving them to bleed to death, as the general's tradition was to only allow one shot per man to save on ammunition. The thought of a slow painful death made Pete beg for mercy.

"Very well, I have some compassion. You may choose where the men stand when they shoot you and I will add 50 extra men to the squad to ensure someone will at least hit you. Perhaps if they stand closer they will kill you quicker, if you're lucky," snickered the general. "Oh, and just so you don't get any funny ideas, they can't stand more than 20 ft away, they must be facing you, and you must remain tied to the post in the middle of the yard. And to show I'm not totally heartless, if you aren't dead by sundown I'll release you so you can die peacefully outside the compound. I must go now but will return tomorrow and see to it that you are buried in a nice spot, though with 100 men, I doubt there will be much left of you to bury."

After giving his instructions the general left. Upon his return the next day, he found that Pete had been set free alive and well. "How could this be?" demanded the general. "It was where Pete had us stand," explained the captain of the squad.

Where did Pete tell them to stand?


Pete told them to form a circle around him. All the squad was facing in at Pete, ready to shoot, when they realized that everyone who missed would likely end up shooting another squad member. So no one dared to fire, knowing the risk. Thus at sundown he was released.

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Jun 01, 2004

Great, but easy.
Jun 01, 2004

this one was very different, but i luv it alot!!! Keep up the good work!!!!
Jun 02, 2004

Hahaha! I didn't even think of that one!
Jun 04, 2004

very good, my idea was that Pete just stood behind the post and that the men firing would just hit the post or something else but not Pete. Really never thoguht of that answer, well it is past midnight. Anyway, great answer. Can't wait to read more of your teasers.
Jun 09, 2004

Great teaser! I love it. It's definitely on my favorite list.
Jun 23, 2004

Great teaser! it made me think, but the answer was so obviously simple
Jul 29, 2004

Wow, for some reason I couldn't figure out the answer. But then when I read it, it was so simple.
Aug 27, 2004

very nice one, a bit long i must say
i thought that there was a big pile of rocks infront so they would shoot them, or something like it was next to a beach so the fireing squad were in the water and their guns wouldnt work
Oct 11, 2004

This was a great one. I thought he had them stand behind each other so only the first one would dare shoot him
Oct 18, 2004

...Umm, if they formed a circle, they wouldn't all be facing him, some of them would be unable to hit him because of the post :-\
Oct 31, 2004

Oh my gosh, Omega. I liked this one. It's going on to my favorites. I also thought as many others did that he would have them in a line behind his post so they'd shoot the post, not him. I really liked this one. OD-1 KEEP UP YOUR MYSTERY RIDDLES!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 03, 2005

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Jan 06, 2005

....pete in the center, others in concentric circles around him therefor insuring his being sheilded by the morons being shot at a 20 ft distance....or is it a differnent shape in your universe?
Jan 08, 2005

Who exactly are you talking to...
Jan 13, 2005

I love that it's so cool!!
Jan 16, 2005

good one
Jan 23, 2005

Hehe. I loved it a lot. It was easy but a lot of fun. Thanx and keep em coming. Lataz!
Jan 28, 2005

WOW That was a good one!
Feb 17, 2005

awe man. I had em lined up like bowling pins so that they would all shoot each other and maybe the front guy would miss.. but the circle is better of of course. when I think of a firing squad I always imagine a guy against a wall though.
Mar 02, 2005

wonderful, i'm adding this to my favs
Mar 02, 2005

wonderful, i'm adding this to my favs
Mar 02, 2005

wonderful, i'm adding this to my favs
Mar 02, 2005

wonderful, i'm adding this to my favs
Mar 02, 2005

wonderful, i'm adding this to my favs
Mar 02, 2005

wonderful, i'm adding this to my favs
Mar 02, 2005

wonderful, i'm adding this to my favorites
Mar 02, 2005

wonderful, i'm adding this to my favorites
Mar 02, 2005

wonderful, i'm adding this to my favorites
Mar 03, 2005

I liked this one. I figured that they had formed the circle around Pete, but I thought that they'd just end up missing Pete and shooting each other dead before realizing what had happened.

Good one!
Mar 15, 2005

This was a good one...why?! because it was easy
Mar 19, 2005

I think it was absolutely great!!!
Very clever.
Apr 25, 2005

have i mentioned that this is in my faves?
May 17, 2005

not the most creative thing i've ever seen, but probably better than i could do. Pretty cool.
May 19, 2005

Good one
Jun 06, 2005

ooo, this one made me think a bit. Easy one but fun to solve!
Jun 22, 2005

That was really cute...made me LOL!
Aug 02, 2005

i liked it a lot but i was thinking TO hard about the answer... it was really simple
Aug 04, 2005

i liked it!!! - good job!!!
Sep 10, 2005

Great job! This was very entertaining
Sep 15, 2005

Good one. Very clever, that Pirate Pete. I thought maybe he would have them all stand on top of each other or in front of each other
Sep 20, 2005

Excellent teaser. By far one of my favorites....
Nov 14, 2005

kehe, I thought he would stand behind the post! Good one!! I like your plan better!
Nov 21, 2005

sweet, baby!
Nov 27, 2005

I thought he'd have them stand the other side of a wall; they'd still be within the General's specified distance!
Dec 03, 2005

im with boodler on this...
Dec 17, 2005

suppose... but what if there wasnt a wall nearby?
Dec 22, 2005

Very entertaining!! Going on my favs list!!
Jan 02, 2006

Thanks Boodler, the wall was my only thought too
Jan 16, 2006

I thought like drunky and said they were all standing in a line. It was an even better idea though. Great mystery OD.
Jan 18, 2006

Another solution: Every soldier stands in a circle and points his gun at the person on his right (or left) but turns his
face toward the man tied to the post. All fire at once and all die.
Jan 30, 2006

HAH! That's great! I like! Very good! I was stumped!
Feb 20, 2006

How about Pete telling them to stand on their head and shoot? This may have been said already, but I am not going to read all the above.
Apr 24, 2006

Yep, I had it as standing on their heads too.
Apr 28, 2006

Wasn't this an old 'Warsaw Pact Country starting with a "P" ' joke from the '70s?
May 31, 2006

Very clever. Too much for me. Couldn't get it
Jun 10, 2006

Easy, but creative and fun. Hope to see more from you.
Jul 19, 2006

Great teaser. Rated it tops.
Aug 01, 2006

This was really fun. I loved the story, and I was too curious about the answer to think about it for too long. Maybe I should be in another category... nah.
Jan 17, 2007

smart Pete
Mar 06, 2007

vey easy
Mar 15, 2007

Woohoo!!!! I got it.
Mar 31, 2007

I thought of the circle, but wouldn't one person have a clear shot at him? The person right in front of him, that is. Really funny, though .
Apr 22, 2007

He should have stood behind the poll, and have the men stand in a line, one after another. Then, only one man would shoot, and the others wouldn't want to hit the person before him, so the one person who would shoot would hit the poll. But nice job anyway!
Jul 02, 2007

Very clever- I liked this one a lot.
Aug 28, 2007

i thought about having the men form a line within 20 feet of pete behind him, with their heads turned around facing him as they shot forward.
Sep 12, 2007

Standing in a circle around Pete is my solution, but I believe they would go ahead and shoot since they were ordered to by their General. The answer is that because they recognize they are poor shots, they agree to fire in the air over the heads of their comrades, thereby missing Pete as well. They would not risk shooting one of their comrades by shooting toward Pete.

Excellent teaser!
Oct 11, 2007

i though they were told to stand behind something,great teaser!
Oct 27, 2007

I thought they'd all be in a circle, like dominos, so that they'd shoot each other.
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Nov 27, 2007

I thought he would have all of them stand on the exact same spot. They could never do it. In a circle, you are not "facing" each of them.
Nov 29, 2007

if I was Pete I would never think of that. clever. i obviously didn't get... but well done. i loved it!
Jan 30, 2008

WOW!! ok now that's a riddle!1 Jeesh keep them comin. It wa sa bit long but awesome!! Now MAKE SOME MORE!! LOL!!!
Feb 12, 2008

It made me think so much and i still got it wrong. Good teaser though
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Jun 13, 2008

Pretty good teaser, I did feel though that the answer is a little bit presumptive in that not one man felt he could hit the pirate in one shot. Though Pete knew their reputation, did every single shooter feel the same way? If we state that all felt uneasy in the situation, we could also make the above argument.
Jun 28, 2008

or they line up behind him
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Jan 22, 2009

This solution leave Petes life to chance that someone will actually shoot, and the firing squad disobeyed an order by the general. The real solution to absolutely guarantee Pete not getting shot is to eliminate the chance of anyone actually shooting. So the answer to the question "where did Pete tell them to stand? is "On their heads"!
Jun 05, 2009

I would definitey use this trick if i were caught and sentenced to death
Sep 14, 2009

nice , but too hard to guess !!!
Jul 23, 2012

i got few answers incl. this ...this is the best one
Nov 23, 2012

I think without looking at the answer the guards stand on the other side of the pole.
Dec 14, 2013

This is a good one. My favorite so far, and I've been reading on this site nonstop.
Mar 23, 2015

The answer is not the good. At least one of the guy could shoot Pete in the foot and lay him down until everyone can shoot him with out hitting another guy.. This was one of my answer but my best one if I'm on his throne would be dig a hole in ground where every one can't see me..
Mar 23, 2015

The answer is not the good. At least one of the guy could shoot Pete in the foot and lay him down until everyone can shoot him with out hitting another guy.. This was one of my answer but my best one if I'm on his throne would be dig a hole in ground where every one can't see me..

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