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Birbal the Wise - IX

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:#31455
Fun:*** (3.07)
Difficulty:*** (2.41)
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?

The King of a distant land had heard that Birbal was one of the wisest men in the East and so desired to meet Birbal. He sent Birbal an invitation to visit his country.

In due course, Birbal arrived in the distant kingdom. When he entered the palace he was flabbergasted to find not one but six kings seated there. All looked alike. All were dressed in kingly robes. Who was the real king?

The very next moment he got his answer. Confidently, he approached the king and bowed to him.

How did Birbal know who was the real king?


The king, puzzled and shocked by this instant discovery asked Birbal, "But how did you identify me?"

Birbal explained: "The false kings were all looking at you, while you yourself looked straight ahead. Even in regal robes, the common people will always look to their king for support."

Overjoyed, the king embraced Birbal and showered him with gifts.


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Jul 01, 2006

Another great one! Keep them coming!
Jul 01, 2006

I love these!
Jul 04, 2006

Awsome teasers. Where'd you get the idea?
Jul 04, 2006

Thanks yoshinode, Birbal is part of Indian history and also forms a part of childhood stories told to all children! It was definitely a big part of my childhood and a few days back, I got the idea that many of these stories fitted perfectly in Trick, Logic or Situation categories. I tried my hand at it, and it was accepted! I am glad I could share a bit of my childhood with everyone here!
Jul 10, 2006

Nice one brainster!!
Oct 09, 2006

These 'teaser' do go beyond mere teasing and I hope open more eyes to brilliant, challenging world. As always, well done. Thanks.
Oct 09, 2006

These 'teaser' do go beyond mere teasing and I hope open more eyes to brilliant, challenging world. As always, well done. Thanks.
Oct 22, 2006

I love your Birbal teasers, brainster! They'e so much fun! Great job.
Dec 30, 2006

Nice one
Jan 08, 2007

Yet another good one Mrs. B!!
I thought it was perhaps a supremely confident and regal expression on his face that only a true king would have.
Apr 08, 2007

brainster, im sorry but can you please explain im quite stupid lol

anyway, umm why would the false kings look at him if they were pretending to be kings or something?

Apr 21, 2007

I love all your teasers Brainster!
Apr 07, 2008

So why would the false kings be foolish enough to blow the real king's cover?

I'd fire them.
May 11, 2008

(re: prev. comment)
Jun 04, 2008

Ya, that would make it kind of obvious if only one was looking ahead. You should have put that in the story...why did you leave out the fact that the other kings were looking at one while one was looking ahead? If Birbal saw it, shouldn't we have been included in that information? Or is this yet another lame "teaser" with a thousand different possible answers? Like "one was a man and the others were women" .. how is that answer incorrect? You would have left that information out too, right?
Dec 28, 2008

if you put some hint, it would definitely be better. however great job!
Feb 16, 2010

thanks brainster, your birbal the wise teasers are pure genius
Mar 08, 2011

@brainster- by sharing ur childhood, ur making me misss mine so much!! but i really do think these were better in hindi, the way my grandmother told me! =D
Jul 04, 2013

Zembobo, this is a TRUE story. AND, brain TEASERS are meant to make u think. Like, if we just told u that, who would have thought?
Jul 18, 2013

How can they be look-alike? Were there FACE MASKS at that time?

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