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Mr and Mrs Brown (Posted on 2002-04-26) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Mr and Mrs Brown are a little strange. When they are awake, their judgement about everything is absolutely perfect. When they are asleep however, it is exactly the opposite.

That is, if Mr Brown is awake and thinks that something is true, then it will always be true. But if he were to be sleeping and dreaming something to be true, it would always turn out to be false.

Once, late at night, Mr Brown was under the impression that Mrs Brown is asleep. At that very point in time, Mrs Brown was also thinking about her husband. Was she under the impression that he was asleep or that he was awake?

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Solution Puzzle Solution Comment 9 of 9 |

Let us consider the possiblility that Mr. Brown is actually sleeping. Hence, he will erroneously conclude that Mrs. Brown is also asleep. Accordingly, Mrs. Brown must be awake. Consequently, she will correctly conclude that her husband is also asleep.

However, if Mr. Brown is awake, then he will correctly conclude that Mrs. Brown is sleeping and Mrs. Brown, in turn,  will wrongly think that Mr. Brown is asleep.

Consequently, Mrs. Brown will always be under the impression that Mr. Brown is asleep.


  Posted by K Sengupta on 2007-10-27 05:51:23
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