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 Life or Death (Posted on 2003-06-29)
You've been sentenced to death in an obscure foreign country which has a strange law. Before the sentence is carried out, two papers -- one with "LIFE" written on it and one with "DEATH" written on it -- are folded up and placed in a hat. You are permitted to pick out one of the papers (without looking), and if you choose the one with "LIFE" written on it, you are set free. Otherwise, the death sentence is carried out. But someone has substituted the paper with "LIFE" written on it with another one with "DEATH" written on it. You are informed by this person of what he has done and that you are doomed to die. You are not permitted to speak to anyone about this misdeed, nor will you have a chance to switch the papers yourself in time.

How will you avoid death?

 See The Solution Submitted by luvya Rating: 3.1111 (18 votes)

 Subject Author Date This should be in Famous Riddles Jak Dakars 2005-06-19 20:25:21 re: absurdity (why are you so absurd, Dan?) np_rt 2005-03-27 18:53:15 absurdity dan 2005-03-27 13:00:20 ansi varadarajan 2005-03-17 11:44:47 guess whome? 2005-01-27 19:14:05 I wonder RandyOrton 2004-10-22 17:09:46 my first try at these puzzles araya 2004-06-29 21:02:12 The BIG hat ratsnstuff 2003-10-13 06:49:27 solution Wayne 2003-09-22 18:07:55 escape cleverly rola 2003-09-19 05:53:09 Simple I guess Kumanan 2003-09-13 03:21:55 Trick the prisoner sam 2003-09-08 13:45:33 Solution Lawrence 2003-08-24 12:40:47 re: 'shaky' response TheGreatOne 2003-08-18 15:35:53 re(2): Common solution Joe 2003-07-19 19:04:29 Life or Death Jason 2003-07-04 04:42:22 easy.. qw 2003-07-03 19:13:29 Not so Hard Eric 2003-07-03 15:28:08 pretty simple.. Koren 2003-07-03 15:16:53 re: Oh, Its not that hard! amy 2003-07-02 16:16:10 Oh, Its not that hard! Esem 2003-07-02 14:29:16 re(2): Common solution Sanjay 2003-07-02 09:08:41 re: My Solution Sanjay 2003-07-02 08:39:38 avoiding death amy 2003-07-02 08:04:48 'shaky' response Jim C 2003-07-01 08:02:01 re: Common solution Jessi 2003-07-01 03:16:39 My Solution rajesh 2003-06-30 23:46:35 re: Common solution gordo packard 2003-06-30 23:21:06 re(3): Common solution Rob 2003-06-29 20:10:24 re(2): Common solution Gamer 2003-06-29 07:52:45 re: Common solution Sanjay 2003-06-29 07:25:53 Common solution Gamer 2003-06-29 03:27:23

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