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Birbal The Wise - XVII

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:#36800
Fun:**** (3.2)
Difficulty:*** (2.32)
Submitted By:brainsterAin******
Corrected By:bookwrmKP




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 the answer?

Once, Birbal was invited to Persia by the Persian king. He was honoured with celebrations in his honour and many presents and gifts were heaped on him.

After a few days of revelry and enjoyment, it was time to head back home. On the eve of his departure, a nobleman of Persia asked him how he would describe the king of Persia in comparison to his own king.

"Your king is the full moon," said Birbal. "Whereas mine is like the quarter moon."

The Persians were very happy with this answer and sent Birbal off with great pomp and gaiety.

But when Birbal got home, he found that Emperor Akbar was furious. It was obvious that information about his "praise" of the Persian king had preceded his own arrival.

"How could you belittle your own king?" demanded a furious Emperor Akbar. "You are a traitor!"

Birbal objected to this and said that he had, in fact, praised his own king! How did Birbal explain this to the king?


"No, Your Majesty," said Birbal. "I did not belittle you. The full moon diminishes and ultimately disappears whereas the quarter moon grows from strength to strength. What I, in fact, proclaimed to the world is that your power is growing from day to day whereas that of the king of Persia is declining."

Akbar was overjoyed at this answer and welcomed Birbal back with a royal embrace and a celebration in his honour.


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Jun 01, 2007

One of my favorite Birbals!
Jun 01, 2007

Yay for Birbal! I actually got that one.
Jun 01, 2007

ya i saw this in queue and i though this was really good i anted to tell my friend it but i had already reviewed it so i couldnt go back now i can show him nice teaser(my friend loves the biral teasers)
Jun 01, 2007

I liked this one even though I didn't get the answer.
Jun 02, 2007

When I saw that there was a new Birbal, I was sooo excited! I love these, and keep 'em coming!
Jun 04, 2007

nice teaser.............keep em cummin!
Jun 05, 2007

Well done! Now, I have to go look for the other ones in this series.
Jun 07, 2007

haha this was cool, im definatly going to look for the other birbals
Jun 07, 2007

loved this Birbal teaser, love the others too!
Jun 18, 2007

Jun 19, 2007

good thought provoker!!!
Jun 28, 2007

Don't forget to send me a message saying what subject you want me to do on a quiz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 12, 2007

Oooohh, i got it right...
Jun 18, 2008

too bad, i read this story
Sep 21, 2008

Got me. Good one!
Aug 07, 2009

Good one!
Nov 27, 2009

I love Birbal! He makes me look like an idiot!
Aug 17, 2011

I guess this presupposes that he was referring to first quarter as opposed to last quarter?
Dec 16, 2011

AWESOME TEASER!!! can't believe I got the answer right
Jun 24, 2012

Let's not forget that full moons are significantly less frequent than quarter moons, suggesting that Bribal meant that his King is there for his people more than that of the Persian King's to his.
Nov 04, 2012

I love Birbal.

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