### Brain Teasers

# The Riddle Of The Sphinx

The sphinx wanted to know which one of the three gods stole the golden apple. Was it Horus, Anubis or Osiris?

''I didn't,'' said Horus.

''Osiris did,'' said Anubis.

''Anubis is lying,'' said Osiris.

The sphinx knew that one god was telling the truth and the other two were lying.

Who stole the golden apple?

''I didn't,'' said Horus.

''Osiris did,'' said Anubis.

''Anubis is lying,'' said Osiris.

The sphinx knew that one god was telling the truth and the other two were lying.

Who stole the golden apple?

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Horus stole the golden apple. Horus and Anubis were lying. Osiris was telling the truth.Hide Hint Show Hint Hide Answer Show Answer

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## Comments

Stimulates thinking. A good one.

Thanks RRAMMOHAN!

I got it right!!

Congratz!

Good, but i still dont get the logic behind the correct identification.

Pretty good! It made me think, but I finally got it.

Chessgenius: Read the question again and again, and you will understand it.

Kmrutledge: Congratz and Thanks!

Kmrutledge: Congratz and Thanks!

chessgenius: Suppose Horus is telling the truth; this means the other two are lying. But if Anubis is lying then Osiris's statement is true, which is a contradiction.

Therefore Horus is lying about not stealing the apple, so he is the thief.

Therefore Horus is lying about not stealing the apple, so he is the thief.

Got it!

I like these kinds of teasers.

I got the right answer and thought Ihad figured it out, but actually it is still a mystery to me even though my theory was right. It is not the same as some of you are saying. Very confusing.

Very easy one. Good work.

'need to work on my logic skills....

Good one for the younger crowd. To obvious us for others.

Easy, but I love logic problems.

A gr8 one...

The key to many problems like this (with some # of true and false statements) is to look for statements that are directly contradictory - like Anubis's and Osiris's in this problem. Having found a contradiction, you know that one statement must be true and the other false, no matter which is which. Then use that information together with the total number of true and false statements to help figure out the rest. In this case, you know that the remaining statement (Horus's) must be false, so he must be the guilty one.

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