The Riddle That Stumped Guns Platoon 37 replies

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TheMirage

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#1 7 years ago

I have wondered for some time how it is that out of 80 people I am the only one who managed not only to figure out this riddle, but that I am the only one who was even able to understand the answer when it was found. Somehow, even after I solved it and tried to explain it, my entire platoon failed to comprehend it...so, lets see if you all are smarter than a group of 80 Gun Rocks. The Riddle is as follows, see if you can solve it.

A man standing on a street corner sees a funeral procession drive by. Speaking to another man who is passing by, he points to the Herse and says; "Brothers and Sisters have I none, but that man's father is my father's son" So...who is the man in the herse (the one who is dead, obviously)

Below is a clarifying statement. Its in spoiler mode because it may make it a little to easy for some people.

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To be more specific; who is he in relation to the man on the street corner.



Flash525

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#2 7 years ago

My first thought is that he is the man in the hearse, and that he is a Ghost, standing on the street corner...?




Metall_pingwin

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#3 7 years ago

It's the man's son. Isn't that kind of... ridiculously obvious, or am I missing something?

The dead man's dad, is my dad's son. My dad had only one son. So the dead man is my son.




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#4 7 years ago

That's not a riddle for five year olds. :vikki:




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#5 7 years ago

It's the son of the man talking.




TheMirage

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#6 7 years ago

Metall_pingwin;5470231It's the man's son. Isn't that kind of... ridiculously obvious, or am I missing something?

The dead man's dad, is my dad's son. My dad had only one son. So the dead man is my son.

TH=hat is EXACTLY what I thought! But apparently nobodu else could see it!




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#7 7 years ago

And these are the people who passed the entrance tests. Makes you scared to think of the ones who failed it....




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#8 7 years ago

It took me a bit to put the logic together in the second sentence. What helped was to assign variables to the people.

Looking at the second apart again, though, I'm getting the impression that the guy in the coffin is the man's grandson. If the man in the coffin's father is the son of the man on the street, than the son is two generations apart from the man on the street. Thus, it can only be the man's grandson.




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#9 7 years ago

I had to read it over a couple times, but I did finally get it. That is actually pretty obvious if you think about it.

80 people you say?


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Metall_pingwin

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#10 7 years ago

Killer Kyle;5470429It took me a bit to put the logic together in the second sentence. What helped was to assign variables to the people.

Looking at the second apart again, though, I'm getting the impression that the guy in the coffin is the man's grandson. If the man in the coffin's father is the son of the man on the street, than the son is two generations apart from the man on the street. Thus, it can only be the man's grandson.

The man in the [c]offin's father isn't the son of the man on the [s]treet though. [S] has a [f]ather, and [f]'s son is [c]'s father.

Damnit I got so jumbled up writing this I'm not even sure it makes any sense anymore. :p

Anyway, here is a clearer way to take apart every fact that he states, and logical conclusions that come of it:

"Brothers and Sisters have I none, but that man's father is my father's son"

I have no brothers and sisters, thus, my father has one child. I am the son of my father. That man's dad - is the son of my father. I am the son of my father. I am that man's dad.