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Birbal the Wise - II

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Puzzle ID:#30440
Fun:*** (2.84)
Difficulty:*** (2.58)
Submitted By:brainsterAin******




Emperor Akbar once ruled over India. He was a wise and intelligent ruler, and he had in his court the Nine Gems, his nine advisors, who were each known for a particular skill. One of these Gems was Birbal, known for his wit and wisdom. The story below is one of the examples of his wit. Do you have it in you to find out the answer?

Once Emperor Akbar was sitting in his royal garden enjoying the morning breeze and looked up to the sky. On seeing crows flying above, he suddenly posed a question to Birbal, "Birbal, how many crows are there in my kingdom?"

Without missing a heartbeat, Birbal replied "64,532, Sire."

Akbar, surprised at this said, "Are you absolutely sure?"

Birbal said "Of course I am, you could get them counted if you wish!"

How could Birbal be so sure?


Akbar was baffled at this reply, because he knew no one could merely look at the sky and give an answer like that. He was sure that this time he had Birbal trapped!

He immediately summoned his minister and ordered a kingdom wide census of the number of crows. The result of the census was 65,023.

Triumphantly, Akbar went back with this figure to Birbal and confronted him, "Birbal, the official census places the crows at 65,023. What do you have to say to that?". Birbal, not missing a single beat, came back with "Sire, the crows in your kingdom are currently entertaining 491 crows from other neighbouring kingdoms!"

Akbar, stunned for a second, burst into peals of laughter! Then he asked Birbal, "What if the census came up with 63,000? What would you have told me then?"

Birbal immediately replied, "In that case, sire, it would be immediately clear that 1,532 crows of our kingdom are being entertained by other crows of our neighbouring kingdoms!"

Thus, Birbal yet again proved his wit and wisdom.


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May 12, 2006

Birbal the liar?
May 12, 2006

Birbal the blagger?
May 12, 2006

Well I would like to think that he was a diplomatic courtier who knew how to get out of a tight spot and still win arguments!
May 12, 2006

lol funny
May 12, 2006

yeah, it is funny but he asked "Birbal, how many crows are there in my kingdom?"
that doesn't mean "how many crows are residents of my kingdom", it means "how many crows are there in my kingdom"

i take that to mean crows in this kingdom at this second, so its always changing and when the guy came back w/ a different number, Birbal could just say it changed since then

but that would be a boring-er and less funny teaser answer so
good job! :-)
May 13, 2006

See, i'm indian so i have heard this story a lot, but i love it because i have always thought birbal was awesome.
May 14, 2006

I think I missed something
May 18, 2006

More of a joke than an actual trick, but I love it. Great story line, too!
May 22, 2006

May 23, 2006

Good example of a quick-witted person! What would the King's reply been, if Birbal had asked the King for his estimate, after quoting some figure himself?
May 26, 2006

See, now I thought there was some sort of breeding program involved.
May 26, 2006

♥ I can do the hearts by copy and paste. cool huh
May 26, 2006

♥♥♥♥♥ yeah copy and paste! hahaha loves it! ♥♥♥♥♥
May 29, 2006

Wow. That's pretty funny, I think. But great teaser!!
Jun 03, 2006

lol that made me lol!
Jun 06, 2006

very wierd...i would have never guessed it tho.....nice
Jun 07, 2006

Heh, Birbal really is a witty one, isn't he?

Great one.
Jun 11, 2006

I think the official census number needs to be in the question... that's a pretty important part of figuring it out.
Jun 14, 2006

Good folk tale, terrible teaser.
Jun 21, 2006

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Jun 27, 2006

I love reading these! The man was extremely clever, and worth reading about!
Jul 01, 2006

I'm just curious why this teaser is subject to a lot spamming. So you can post hearts... who cares?
Jul 09, 2006

Birbal is truly wise.
This goes into my favs.
Jul 13, 2006

I like these! keep them comming and great job!
Jul 18, 2006

Jul 23, 2006

Birbal the Politician?
Oct 26, 2006

Those hearts are simple i can do them without copy paste LOL ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ i can make other shapes too ☺•○ÄÌ╗+╝­Á LOL
PM if you want to know how to make all those shapes and more
Anyway back to the subject
Great teaser
Another great Brainster masterpiece well done
Thanks for all the laughs
Nov 01, 2006

I just don't understand how these Birbal stories are teasers.
Dec 30, 2006

Good job, keep'm comming
Jan 23, 2007

silliness to be others have said, more of a joke than a teaser
Mar 17, 2007

I like the other birbal teazers so far, but this one...?
May 04, 2007

ok, what?
May 09, 2007 did birbal come up with his original estimate?
Jun 15, 2007

Birbal was smart, since nobody could offer proof on the crows. Those shapes are easy. ☻☺∞■╓ε▼lδ-¥ƒ♥ (ALT 3 digit number combination)
Nov 17, 2007

Dumb Teaser, No factual elements. More like; "If a tree falls in the forest and nobody iis there to hear it..."
Nov 17, 2007

not the least bit realistic
Nov 17, 2007

I must be dumb because I don't get the answer at all? Are you saying that he just made up a number and then whatever the actual number was he would say the difference was because of entertaining?
Nov 17, 2007

I know, it doesn't say how he was sure. And that was the teaser question.
Nov 17, 2007

Katamaster - exactly! The story implies that he is a wise person and therefore came up with a 'clever' answer when he was in fact wrong. Wisdom is not knowing everything, but instead it is knowing that you don't know everything and have to figure some things out on the spot. This wasn't a teaser, but it made for a good morning read!
only one I can do!
Nov 17, 2007

Uh... Ugh!
Nov 17, 2007

Amusing. That's about all I can say for this trick teaser. Sorry Brainster, not one of your better efforts.
Nov 17, 2007

I think the comments were priceless!!

I ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥'d them!!

Thanks for a good laugh - incidentally great teaser!

Nov 17, 2007

good story
questionable teaser
how are you supposed to think of that?
Nov 17, 2007

yeah, and how was anyone supposed to know that answer...?

Nov 17, 2007

Of course we couldn't come up with the same answer, but it WAS a good story. Thanks!
Nov 17, 2007

wow...that's crazy... i wouldn't call it wit but lyar
Nov 17, 2007

I had no idea what the answer was. No I have a headache. Thanks for posting anyway, even if it did get lost in the translation.

Nov 17, 2007

You left out the hint! A good one was, "He couldn't really be sure, but he could get away with it."

Good one, good one!
Nov 18, 2007

perhaps, you should also call Bribal "the Comeback Kid?"!

Good thought provoker!

wobe2 out1
Nov 19, 2007

I am so lost.
Nov 21, 2007

i was clueless for an answer, and i'm clueless to how the answer makes sense...
Nov 21, 2007

I pretty much figured out where the answer was going but fail to see how this is a teaser. It is however a great story.
Jun 03, 2008

Lame. This not a teaser at all. It's a story. The question asked how was Birbal sure. Here's what really happened:

The Emporer saw that Birbal tried to deceive him so he had Birbal be-headed. No more Birbal the liar.
Nov 17, 2009

Who f♥ ed?
Jun 28, 2012

you must tell us how you come up with these riddles.
Aug 24, 2013

The answer does not answer the question.

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