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 A horse of a different color (Posted on 2006-09-26)
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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Call the first native A and the man under the tree B. Suppose A is a knight. Then, B would say that he is not the same type as A. If B was a knight, then they would be the same type, so B would not say that they are different types. If B was a liar, then they would be of different types, so B would say that they are the same type. That is a contradiction, so A is a liar.
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Since A is a liar, B would say that they are of the same type. If B was a knight, then he would not say that they are of the same type. If B was a liar, then they would be the same type, so he would not say that. Therefore, the problem is a paradox!

 Posted by Math Man on 2011-09-10 17:01:25

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