Long Riddles

Long riddles with answers test your problem solving skills. These lengthy puzzles test your ability to piece together information and find the answer.

17 Horses

A farmer wanted to divide his 17 horses among his three sons. According to the farmer, the oldest son should get half of the horses,the middle son should get one third of the horses and the youngest son should get one ninth of the horses.

When their father died they were not able to divide the horses as the result was coming in fractions. As the sons were fighting on how to divide the horses a traveling mathematician came and heard their problem. He proposed a solution with which all the sons got their share in the property without harming any animal.

What was the advice given and how the group of horses were divided?

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Safe Conduct

Bumbletown had the most robbed bank in the land. The unfortunate clerk was frequently forced to open the safe, and the bank had lost so much money, that Mr Good, the bank manager, was going bald.

Then one day, Mr Good had an idea. His nephew, Fumble, should be the bank clerk. Now Fumble was the ideal man for the job. His memory was so bad, one could be sure that no robber could ever force him to remember the safe combination. Furthermore, his poor powers of recall were matched by a superb talent for puzzling things out. This meant that whenever Fumble needed to know the safe combination, all he had to do was obtain the following conundrum from Mr Good, which he could solve to reveal the five-digit safe combination.

‘The fourth digit is four greater than the second digit. There are three pairs of digits that each sum to 11. The third of the five digits is three less than the second. The first digit is three times the fifth digit.’

Of the 100,000 possible numbers, which was the correct safe combination?

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100 Statements

There are hundred statements.

Statement 1: At least one of these statements is false.
Statement 2: At least two of these statements are false.
Statement 3: At least three of these statements are false.
Statement 4: At least four of these statements are false.

Statement 100: At least a hundred of these statements are false.

What is the maximum number of statements that can be true?

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Delinquent Decision

Five children were playing kickball. One of the five broke a window. When questioned about the incident, each child made three statements of which two were true and one was false. The statements are given below.

Joe:
1. I didn’t do it.
2. Sally will tell who did it.
3. One of us is in big trouble.

Matt:
1. Joyce did it.
2. I didn’t do it.
3. I don’t even like to play kickball.

Vince:
1. I didn’t do it.
2. Joyce and I are good friends.
3. Sally doesn’t know who did it.

Joyce:
1. Matt lied when he said I broke the window.
2. I never saw Vince before today.
3. I never broke a window in my life.

Sally:
1. I saw Joyce break it.
2. I didn’t break the window.
3. I want to go home.

Who broke the window?

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Mystery of the Ancient Temple

Once upon a time there existed a temple in India which housed three identical idols which spoke to the devotees.

The idols were of – God of Truth, which always spoke the truth; God of Falsehood, which always lied; and God of Diplomacy which sometimes spoke the truth and at other times lied.

The pilgrims come from all parts of the world to get their questions answered by the Gods. But there was a problem. As the idols were indistinguishable, devotees were not sure from which idol to ask their questions and in turn they did not know which God has answered and whether to believe it or not.

Once a wise man visited the temple. He asked the question: “Which God is seated at the centre?” to all the three idols. The idol on the left, centre and right replied God of Truth, God of Diplomacy and God of Falsehood respectively. The wise man at once proclaimed that he had solved the mystery of the temple.

How?

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