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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:#49507
Fun:*** (2.93)
Difficulty:** (1.56)
Submitted By:babyjuice*




Once upon a time, a couple centuries ago, in a cold, harsh winter, three men were about to be executed. It was customary in their land to feed everyone who is about to be executed a last meal, consisting of whatever they want.

So, the first man says, "I am an old, poor fellow, and my whole family was vegetarian except for me. Therefore I would like to eat one last chicken before I die". His wish was granted, but right when he finished the last bite, the executioner killed him on the spot.

The second man asks for a pie. "My family is extremely poor, and we have never had the money to buy sweets, or anything of any sort of delicacy. So before I die, I would like the chance to taste a pie, the food I have been dreaming about for years."

The executioner agreed, but right when the poor man finished the last piece, he was also killed on the spot.

Finally, it was the third man's turn. Without even taking a second to think, he said "I would like some strawberries".
The executioner burst out laughing. "I'm sorry", he sputtered, "I just can't understand why you would want to eat STRAWBERRIES of all things right before you die. Out of all the delicious foods you could have picked, why strawberries?"

What was the third man's reply which allowed him to live?


"As you may have noticed, it is winter right now, so strawberries aren't in season. Therefore, I have every right to wait at least another 6 months for them to be harvested before you kill me."

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Jun 15, 2012

Clever. I figured it was just going to be that he didn't specify the number of strawberries he wanted to eat, but I like this answer better.
Jun 15, 2012

That's what I was thinking - "I want to eat 1,000,000 strawberries..." and they had to wait until he finished...
Jun 15, 2012

i really didnt get it... nice one babyjuice. all of your teasers are on my favslist... expecialy the love one. lol I WOULD LIKE TO EAT... 9000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 STRAWBERRIES PLEASE... lol.
Jul 11, 2012

I also thought it would be a number thing. While I can eat locally grown strawberries only in the summer I can purchase imported fruit year round.
Sep 15, 2012

This was a great one
Nov 06, 2012

I would like a googolplex of strawberries. Great teaser
Dec 06, 2012

I'm suddenly having an odd craving for red fruits with seeds.
May 07, 2013

I guessed the answer right away because I absorb every small detail...... Mysterious! Iam
Jul 28, 2013

I thought he was going to say "Why are you laughing so much? Strawberries are really good..."
Aug 17, 2013

I got that! I think that after doing this teased you should get strawberries.
Mar 17, 2014

love this riddle! weird thing is i'm eating strawberries right now!
Jan 22, 2015

"I also thought it would be a number thing. While I can eat locally grown strawberries only in the summer I can purchase imported fruit year round."

The riddle says it was a couple of centuries ago.
Feb 05, 2017

Hahahaha, clever!

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