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  • Lost in the woods.

    You are lost in the woods and come to a fork in the road.
    One path leads to civilization and the other will get you lost forever.
    Two Indians are standing at the fork in the road, and they know which path leads to civilization.
    One is a member of the Black Foot tribe that lies all the time, while the other is a member of the White Foot tribe that tells the truth all the time.
    You can ask each of them one question, but their feet are submerged in water, and you don't know which is which.
    So, what question would you ask?

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    I'd ask one of them if he could lift his foot out of the water. When he does: If it's white, I ask the other guy which path and take the one he doesn't say. If it's black, I ask the other guy the same question and take the path he does say.

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    • #3
      Matt - Nice try, but that's not it.

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      • #4
        I would ask either a question that I already knew the answer to. If that answer was correct, then I would know the answer about the path from the other Indian would be incorrect because he would always lie. If my question was answered incorrectly by the first Indian, then I would know the answer about the path from the other Indian would be correct because he never lies !

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        • #5
          BHR - Essentially correct, although the traditional answer is a specific question such as, "Does the other Indian belong to the same tribe as you?" Have a cigar.

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          • #6
            I was unaware that there was a ‘traditional’ answer to a riddle, only a ‘correct’ one, but I will still take the cigar, thank you !

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            • #7
              BHR - The traditional answer to this riddle is a specific question, and not just any question that you knew the answer to, because the Indian could say that he did not know. Such as the time of day if the Indian did not have a watch.

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