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Hans & Fritz

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:#2653
Fun:*** (2.47)
Difficulty:*** (2.2)
Category:Situation
Submitted By:missie***

 

 

 



Hans and Fritz are German spies during World War II. They try to enter America, posing as returning tourists. Hans is immediately arrested. Why?


Answer

Crossing the border, Hans and Fritz were required to fill out a personal information form, which asked, among other things, their birthdays. The German date ordering is day/month/year, rather than the American way, month/day/year. Fritz was born on, say, July 7th, so he wrote down 7/7/15 -- no problem. Hans was born on, say, July 20th, so he wrote down 20/7/15 instead of the American way, 7/20/15. Since Hans had claimed to be a returning American, he was found out by the border police.
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