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Birbal the Wise - X

Trick brain teasers appear difficult at first, but they have a trick that makes them really easy.

 

Puzzle ID:#31592
Fun:**** (3.1)
Difficulty:*** (2.34)
Category:Trick
Submitted By:brainsterAin******
Corrected By:Winner4600

 

 

 



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?

One day the Emperor Akbar startled his courtiers with a strange question.
"If somebody pulled my moustache, what sort of punishment should be given to him?" he asked.

"He should be flogged!" said one courtier.

"He should be hanged!" said another.

"He should be beheaded!" said a third.

"And what about you, Birbal?" asked the emperor. "What do you think would be the right thing to do if somebody pulled my whiskers?"

"He should be given sweets," said Birbal.

"Sweets?" gasped the other courtiers.

Why do you think Birbal gave such a strange answer to the Emperor's strange question?


Answer

Birbal continued, "Yes, sweets, because the only one who would dare pull His Majesty's moustache is a small child such as your grandson."

Birbal said this because he knew no adult person, however close to the Emperor, would get away with something like that, as a moustache was a symbol of power and not something to be taken lightly.

So pleased was the emperor with the answer that he took off his necklace and gave it to Birbal as a reward for his quick wit.

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Comments

cyberstar5150*us*
Jul 07, 2006

I'd love to be like Birbal... answering riddles and receiving gifts for doing so.

First post!
xolilangel827oxAit*
Jul 07, 2006

i would have never gotten this right..but i knew the answer because i reviewed it. anyway good teaser, how do you come up with these?
goblu91in*
Jul 08, 2006

I guessed it right ! I deserve a reward !
schatzy228*us*
Jul 09, 2006

Birbal never ceases to amaze!
akl21Aus*
Jul 09, 2006

I wonder how you think these magnificent teasers up! I absolutely love them! *goes off to search for more*
monkeygrl99Aus*
Jul 10, 2006

Nice one!!!
kcheer2493us*
Jul 14, 2006

nice
kukuzyavochkawa*
Jul 14, 2006

cute
thimblenogginus*
Jul 23, 2006


Thought maybe Birbal was the culprit
Unraveled*
Aug 01, 2006

I thought "sweets" was some sort of code word for torture, or something similar.

Nice teaser.
ForestXela*ca*
Aug 18, 2006

That was a good one
ShriyaAin*
Aug 24, 2006

It was hard only for those who had never read this story before. Anyways, nice attempt, though.
flowerz2010Apk*
Aug 24, 2006

good One
jsdodgersAus*
Sep 14, 2006

I like the teaser
atin_ag*in*
Sep 19, 2006

Really v cute...
Lizzie713Aau*
Oct 26, 2006

Thanks that was a good one
It had me stumped
mik512Adk*
Nov 11, 2006

made me think birbal was a kid for a second there... good one indy!
senther7Aus*
Dec 30, 2006

YAY
good one
lavenderAus*
Jan 01, 2007

Great! Write another one!
choptlivvaAus*
Jan 08, 2007

Cute one Brainster!! I actually GOT this one!! The image that immediately popped into my mind was of little kids pulling Santa Claus's beard when they are sitting on his lap.
nerdyiscool*us*
May 16, 2007

...Poisoned sweets! Muahahaha!

No I'm joking, that was before I read the answer. I wouldn't poison small children!
funnygirl25Aus*
Aug 06, 2007

very clever
RadioguyAus*
Apr 17, 2008

Another good "Birbal" one.
plokolplokph
May 11, 2008


nice one.
zembobo*us*
Jun 02, 2008

But what if someone really DID have the audacity to pull his beard? Would you still give him sweets? I think Bribal should be be-headed.
markmonninAus*
Sep 08, 2008

Ha! I got it right! That's the only logical reason Birbal would say such a thing. Very nice.
mathisnice*us*
Jan 23, 2010

Another one into my faves!
sarggames
Nov 01, 2014

I DID IT
sarggames
Nov 01, 2014

I DID IT
sarggames
Nov 01, 2014

I DID IT
sarggames
Nov 01, 2014




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