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 Guess my Number (Posted on 2004-12-20)
The Mad Hatter poured Alice another cup of tea and set the teapot down.

"May I please have one of those biscuits?" asked Alice rather timedly, rather taken aback by the sight of her present company.

"A biscuit?? Oh, I don't know. Those are the March Hare's special un-birthday biscuits, don't you know. Can she have a biscuit, March ?" asked the Hatter.

"A biscuit?? One of mine? Hurmph. Ok, I'm thinking of an integer from one to three (inclusive). If you get it, you can have a biscuit. If not, I'm afraid you'll just have to leave" said the March Hare, leaning back.

"Oh goodness, I don't know" said Alice worriedly. "Couldn't I just get a hint?"

"Oh, all right..." the March Hare sighed. "You get to ask me one yes-or-no question, that's all"

Alice thought for a moment, then smiled, knowing exactly what to ask.

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 re: Independent solution | Comment 21 of 32 |
(In reply to Independent solution by Tristan)

Regarding Tristan's last paragraph... When Alice asks if she may have a biscuit she does not state that the Mad Hatter must answer with either a yes or no. Therefore, the Mad Hatter can answer freely since Alice did not establish a format that affects his response. His answer to that question has no relation to any rules that he may set later on.

Also, the Mad Hatter is telling Alice that "yes" or "no" should be the only possible answers to any question she asks. Questions that contain "I don't know" as one of the possible answers are not permissible.

 Posted by Anna on 2004-12-26 23:03:29

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