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 The three sages (Posted on 2002-05-05)
On a hot summer day, tired by long discussions, three wise sages were slumbering inthe shade of a tree. A prankster was walking by, and couldn't pass up such an opportunity. He took a piece of charcoal, and put a black spot in the middle of each sage's forhead, careful not to wake them.

When the men did wake, they looked at each other, saw the black marks and began laughing. Each one thought that his two friends had the mark, while his own forhead was clean.

Suddenly, one of them stopped laughing, having realized that his forhead must be dirty as well. How did he arrive at this conclusion?

 See The Solution Submitted by levik Rating: 3.5455 (11 votes)

 Subject Author Date Answer Math Man 2013-08-31 20:43:50 Puzzle Solution K Sengupta 2007-03-12 12:53:49 re: old problem new phrasing Amon 2005-04-30 01:55:21 re: this is the solution Danny 2004-04-14 16:42:23 old problem new phrasing Ariel 2004-02-28 23:56:12 Solution Gautam Joshi 2002-12-03 00:06:06 how is that funny Mike 2002-05-10 15:20:46 this is what happened theBal 2002-05-07 07:55:32 What about the Prankster? Paul 2002-05-07 06:59:33 this is the solution theBal 2002-05-06 17:48:29 Solution MysticGreenWolf 2002-05-06 09:04:13 Hi shelli 2002-05-05 18:45:22

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