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A horse of a different color (Posted on 2006-09-26) Difficulty: 2 of 5
A native, either a knight or a liar, once pointed to a man sitting below a tree and told me "If asked, that man would say I'm not the same type as he is."

What can you deduce about the native or the man?

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The man under the tree is either a knave, a mute, deaf, unsociable, does not speak the local language or does not know the native.

The native is a knight or maybe a liar.

Explanation: If both are knights the statement would not be made. Likewise any combination of knight-liar, liar-knight, liar-liar would create a situation where the statement would not be made.

We are restricted to have the native as a knight or a liar.  This means the man under the tree is neither a knight nor a liar and thus sometimes tells the truth and sometimes lies.  Though I cannot prove that the man is true knave (alternating lies and truths), I will label the man as such.

If the native is a knight, then he could make the statement if he knew the knave had just lied. If the native is a liar, then he could make the statement if he knew the knave had just told the truth.


  Posted by Leming on 2006-09-26 08:48:00
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