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Salt Dealer

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


Puzzle ID:#3008
Fun:*** (2.85)
Difficulty:** (1.84)
Submitted By:PeaceJo*ca****




Ali ben-Ibrahim was a salt dealer in old Baghdad. Every day he went from his home just outside the city to the market with two huge sacks of salt tied to the back of his donkey. His donkey was a small, evil-smelling brute called Roxanna. It was, however, not lacking in the brains department. One hot day, as they passed along the banks of the Tigris, it broke free from Ali and plunged into the cool water. When the irate salt-seller finally persuaded the beast to leave the river it immediately noticed that much of the salt had dissolved and its load was therefore considerably lighter. After that, no matter how hard Ali tried, he could not prevent the donkey from diving into the river and ruining its load of salt. But when it came to lateral thinking, Ali himself was no slouch. One day he loaded up the donkey as usual and, as usual, the animal plunged into the river. Then it learned its lesson and never tried that trick again.

What had Ali done?


He had loaded the sacks with sand, so they were actually heavier after their dip in the Tigris.

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