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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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Solution (not) | Comment 15 of 20 |
The only way for this to be possible is for the man under the tree to be neither a knight nor a liar.  Otherwise, there is no solution.  In order for the statement to be true, the native would have to be a liar, yet a native Liar would not utter a true statement.  In order for the statement to be false, the native would have to be a knight, yet a native Knight would not utter a false statement.

Considering that the man under the tree may be a Knave, Squire, or Page, here are four combinations that could work:

Native - Knight      Man - Squire
Native - Knight      Man - Knave (cycle - true)
Native - Liar          Man - Squire
Native - Liar          Man - Knave (cycle - false)

  Posted by hoodat on 2007-02-22 13:39:51
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