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The many sages (Posted on 2004-04-13) Difficulty: 3 of 5
This is a generalisation of "The three sages"

On a hot summer day, n equally bright philosophers, tired from all that philosophising, were napping in an orchard. A prankster came by, and painted all of their faces black with charcoal.

When the philosophers woke up, they started laughing at the others... until they suddenly realised all of their faces must be black!

How did they come to that conclusion?

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  Subject Author Date
Hints/TipshintGoldensky2007-02-24 06:16:25
SolutionDavid Piccolo2004-05-06 05:39:13
solution?shaily2004-04-29 12:42:21
solution?luke2004-04-27 23:01:48
On a hot summer day...Sing4TheDay2004-04-21 10:04:48
WHY???Karlo2004-04-18 03:16:44
Looking at Case N is easier by looking back at case n.Joshua2004-04-17 02:32:37
Simple Solution, I think...jon&lilet2004-04-16 04:36:29
re(2): Many Sages-ragge-2004-04-15 17:10:08
Solutionn philosophersJCD2004-04-14 20:22:51
A hot summer dayWendy2004-04-14 12:52:54
sage barrageprince2004-04-14 11:52:40
SolutionThe puzzle re-wordedPenny2004-04-13 14:33:38
Questionre: Many SagesCharlie2004-04-13 14:10:09
QuestionBut what would happen if...Charlie2004-04-13 14:08:02
Many SagesBrian Smith2004-04-13 14:05:04
re(4): Is there something funny about a black face ?Penny2004-04-13 13:51:06
Some Thoughtsre(3): Is there something funny about a black face ?Federico Kereki2004-04-13 13:45:20
re(2): Is there something funny about a black face ?Penny2004-04-13 13:40:55
Some Thoughtsre: Is there something funny about a black face ?Federico Kereki2004-04-13 12:39:30
Is there something funny about a black face ?Penny2004-04-13 12:19:41
Some Thoughtsre: InductivelyFederico Kereki2004-04-13 10:51:23
SolutionInductivelyOskar Hund2004-04-13 10:47:56
SolutionSolution?sassy2004-04-13 09:52:03
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