The Bridegroom

January 20, 2009 at 6:50 am 1 comment

An emperor has a daughter princess. He wants to choose the man she will marry. Three suitors, a Captain, a Pirate and a CommonMan. He wants to avoid the CommonMan as the bridegroom, but sadly, he is not aware as to which man is which.  All he knows is that the Captain always speaks the truth, the Pirate always lies, and the CommonMan can do either.  He will ask each suitor a yes/no question, and will then choose the bridegroom.  What question should the king ask and how should he choose the bridegroom?

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  • 1. lalitvohra  |  January 23, 2009 at 10:46 am

    As asked, we have to determine a suitable bridegroom and not the identities of the 3 persons, so we have to eliminate the common man. ask any question, the person having the unique answer will wither be a pirate or captain. as king doesnt want the common man, any of the other can be the bridegroom

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