OT: Riddle Thread

Give us your best riddle. Answers in the reply.

Forums: 
DISCLAIMER: Forum topics may not have been written or edited by The Key Play staff.

Comments

You have a 3-gallon and a 5-gallon jug that you can fill from a fountain of water.

The problem is to fill one of the jugs with exactly 4 gallons of water. How do you do it?

What's
Important
Now

Call Samuel L Jackson

Fill the 5 gallon jug, pour it into the 3 gallon jug, dump out 3 gallon jug, put 2 gallons from 5 gallon into 3 gallon. Fill 5 gallon, pour 1 gallon from 5 gallon into 3 gallon. 5-gallon jug contains 4 gallons

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

What's
Important
Now

put 2 gallons from 5 gallon into 3 gallon

How exactly do you measure the two gallons from the five gallon jug?

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

If you pour from a full 5 gallon bucket, into a 3 gallon bucket, you're left with 2 gallons in the 5 gallon bucket. After you dump the 3 gallon bucket, pour the 2 gallons that remained in the 5 gallon bucket into the 3 gallon bucket.

Fill the 3 gallon jug, pour into the 5 gallon jug. Fill the 3 gallon jug again, and then fill the 5 gallon jug (leaving 1 gallon left in the 3 gallon jug). Dump out the 5 gallon jug and then pour the remaining 1 gallon into the 5 gallon jug. Then fill the 3 gallon jug a final time and pour into the 5 gallon jug.

Edit: There are multiple ways to solve this.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Start drinking, as the riddle was answered 4 gallons ago.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

1. Drink every drop of your 8 oz. ass pocket to get your mind right for the task ahead.
2. Fill up the 5 gallon jug.
3. Fill your now empty 8 oz. ass pocket from the 5 gallon jug.
4. Drink the full ass pocket to re-hydrate or pour out the water.
5-34. Repeat steps 3 & 4 fifteen more times.
35. Save the day.
36. Take an aspirin for your hangover.
37. Use the unused 3 gallon jug to collect money to buy a phone to call your wife because there are no more payphones.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Impossible to answer. The question leaves ambiguous which jug, the 3- or 5-gallon jug, should be the one to hold the 4 gallons of water.

What has it got in its pocketses?

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

Handses?

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

String or nothing!

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

To go along with the Hobbit theme:

30 white horses on a red hill. First they stamp. Then they champ. Then they stand still....

A box without hinges, key or lid. But inside golden treasure is hid.

It cannot be seen. Cannot be felt. Cannot be heard. Cannot be smelt. It lies behind stars and under hills, And empty holes it fills. It comes first and follows after. Ends life, kills laughter.

What has roots that no one sees? Is taller than the trees. Up, up it goes, but never grows?

This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Impossible to answer. The question leaves ambiguous what it is, nor does it identify the approximate dimensions of the pocketses in question. Also, since there are many pockets, the number of answers could be in the brazilians.


A man's driving down the road with his son and they get in a crash. Two ambulances come and take the man and his son to different hospitals...

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Impossible to answer. There was no question.

Gay marriage?

I believe the riddle you are trying to reference from Tin Cup (great movie) is the following one...

A father and son were in a car accident where the father was killed. The ambulance brought the son to the hospital. He needed immediate surgery. In the operating room, a doctor came in and looked at the little boy and said I can't operate on him he is my son.

Who is the doctor?

His mom... I remember this one from 80s tv

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Two guys are stranded at sea in a life boat. They have three cigarettes but no way to light em. They throw one overboard and the whole boat becomes a cigarette lighter.

Impossible to answer. The statements leave the question ambiguous.

Why does a Chicken Coupe have two doors?

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Cuz if it had 4 doors it'd be a chicken sedan.

Impossible to answer. Chicken coupes don't exist.

Then how do you explain this...

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

You've got a tiger, a goat, and a bale of hay on one side of the river. You have a boat that can fit yourself plus one other item/animal. If left unsupervised, the tiger will eat the goat and the goat will eat the hay. how do you get all 3 to the other side of the river

Trick question... Tiger is the GOAT

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

Take the goat first. Leave it on the other side. Go back for the hay. Leave hay, take the goat back to the other side. Get the tiger, leave the goat. Take the tiger across. Leave the tiger and the hay. Go back for the goat.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

You put the goat in the boat, ferry him over, and ride back. Put the hay in the boat, and then use a rope as a leash around the tiger. Google says that tigers can swim, so you let the tiger swim next to you until you arrive to the other side of the river.

Twitter me

I'll drink when I get home.

Take the goat from side A to side B.

Go back and pick up hay and then switch it with the goat so hay is on side B and the goat is back on the boat.

Go back to side A and switch out the goat for the tiger so that the goat is on side A and the tiger is on the boat.

Drop off tiger on side B with the hay.

Go back and pick up goat and bring it back over to side B with the rest.

Edit: Welp

Using /s is for cowards.

I'll drink when I get home.

You take the goat over first. You return and take the hay over second, and take the goat back. You drop the goat off and take the tiger over. Then go back and take the goat over.

This is basically a parable on how to get shit done on Saturday morning without your kids killing one another.

"Those who jump into the void owe no explanation to those who stand and watch."
--unknown

Bring tiger over first
Then bring hay over second
Then bring goat over last
(But I do agree Tiger is the GOAT and he is definitely making some hay!)

“I'm addicted to placebos. I could quit, but it wouldn't matter”~steven wright

The goat ate the hay when you ferried the tiger.

Impossible to answer. The riddle leaves ambiguous what kind of goat it is, nor does it indicate the amount of hay. The tiger, well, the tiger is obviously self-explanatory. You may have to beat the goat to death with your own shoes.

I'm pretty sure once you get in a boat with a tiger it's all over.

Who are the only 3 quarterbacks to ever play in that have beaten all 32 NFL teams?

Favre and Montana?

Edit: Thats dumb. There weren't 32 teams for Montana. It's Manning.

15 Straight

And brees

Virginia Tech School of Architecture Class of 2014
Fan of Hokies, Ravens, NY Giants, Orioles

that is correct but the riddle is which 3? lol.

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

Favre Manning and Brees

Impossible to answer. The question doesn't specify which NFL we're talking about and also leaves ambiguous what the quarterbacks played in.

What goes up white and comes down yellow and white?

How do you divide 17 apples between 16 people?

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

How do you divide 17 apples between 16 people?

Give each person one apple then divide the 17th apple into 16ths and give each person one 16th of an apple?

Twitter me

What goes up white and comes down yellow and white

An egg!

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

Which leads to the second one...Applesauce.

And also is the answer to what needs to be broken to be used properly.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Apple sauce- a smooth mixture. And an egg, nature's protection of hopes and dreams. I've got it! They are going to kidnap the World Security Council!

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

I thought you didn't like cheese.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Do I get to drink when it auto double posts?

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Impossible to answer. The question doesn't specify which shade of yellow nor does it indicate what is meant by 'up' or 'down'. Secondarily, there is no indication that the apples must be divided evenly, leaving infinite possible answers.

How do you divide 17 apples between 16 people?

Kill this hostage?

How do you divide 17 apples between 16 people?

Have each person hold an apple to their right, in their right hand.

Stand each person 2 feet apart sideways on, in a line.

The last person holds an Apple in a similar manner in their left hand.

There you have it 17 apples divided by 16 people..

This is going to be great for the ACC.

What gets longer when pulled, fits between breasts, slides neatly into a hole, has choked people, and works best when jerked???

Let's Go

HOKIES

A seatbelt

There's a HIMYM gif for this.

Amateur superstar and idiot extraordinaire.

Impossible to answer. The question does not indicate how long it gets, how many breasts are involved, the size of the hole, the method of choking, or the ferocity of the jerking.

Women....thats all

Impossible to answer. Or is it impossible to question?

Correct. Unresolvable.

Extreme McElroy Voice: "RRRRRRIdddle me piss!"

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

--
"It's time to go play Virginia Tech Football longer and harder than anybody else in America!!" -- Justin Fuente
"I put a brick in Sacksburg today." -- Cam Phillips

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

This gif needs to be with Nick's comment about the constipation movie.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Who are you? Blaine the mono?
Edit: not a single dark tower series fan around here?

Just watch out for the lobstrosities. They'll get after ya.

Impossible to answer. I do not think, therefore I am not.

If Danny Coale catches the ball and its ruled a catch on the field, but it's "overturned" on review because Pac-12 refs are dumb and the bowl sponsor's CEO is a Michigan alum, is it really a catch?

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Yes it is.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

F¤ck yes!!!!!

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

Impossible to answer. This is above my pay grade or political influence.

Did y'all hear about that new movie about constipation? It hasn't come out yet.

Now, Cole, when you shift the gear and that little needle on the tach goes into the red and reads 9000 RPMs, that's bad!

So, same as the old movie about constipation?

Nah, it's just a crappy rehash

Nobody likes it, and the ending really stinks.

3 light bulbs in the basement are all off. 3 light switches (one for each bulb) upstairs. You start upstairs, can only go downstairs once. No tools allowed, just your body. How do you determine which switch goes with each bulb?

--
"It's time to go play Virginia Tech Football longer and harder than anybody else in America!!" -- Justin Fuente
"I put a brick in Sacksburg today." -- Cam Phillips

Take a flashlight and go to the Circuit Breaker??

Turn all the lights off every where else and then stand upstairs with the doors open and flick the switches one at a time?

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

Switch on the first switch and leave it on for a few minutes - turn off.

Switch on the 2nd switch

Walk downstairs and see which light is on (2nd)/which bulb is hot (1st)/which bulb is cold (3rd)

But LED bulbs dont get hot.

Flip two switches. Leave them on for a little while. Flip one of those switches off. Go downstairs and feel the two "off" bulbs. The cold one is the switch you left off. The "warm" one is the switch you had on, then off. The "on" bulb is the switch you left "on".

Edit: Damn...while I was typing...

Go downstairs and have somebody stay upstairs and flip the switches one at a time.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

You turn one light switch on and leave it for a while. Then you turn it off and turn another one on. When you go downstairs, on will be on, one will be hot, and the other off and cold.

ME Class of '16
Facts don't care about your feelings

Thats what I get for not refreshing the feed

ME Class of '16
Facts don't care about your feelings

What do you call bad Lemonade?

Now, Cole, when you shift the gear and that little needle on the tach goes into the red and reads 9000 RPMs, that's bad!

Impossible to answer. I would call bad lemonade 'The Big Ten', but others may have different names for things they hate.

Let's Go

HOKIES

I got nothing. Mostly because I've seen too much SNL.

🍻 i'm forever scorned forever as well

Let's Go

HOKIES

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Well the last unfinished word can't be 'air' because someone already bought an i...

Could be if the puzzle is a toss up one where the letters show up one at a time...

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

MacGruber can answer this one.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

1. A woman shoots her husband then holds him underwater for 5 minutes. Later they go out to dinner. How

2. Two friends are having dinner. Both order iced tea. One is very thirsty and downs 5 in the time that it took her friend to drink 1. The friend who had 1 drink died while the other survived. All of the drinks were poisoned. How did the friend who drank the most survive?

3. Many have heard me, nobody has seen me. I will not speak back until spoken to.

4. I am teary-eyed but never cry. Silver-tongued, but never lie. Double winged, but never fly. Air cooled, but never dry. What am I?

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

2. The poison was in the Ice, so one drank before the ice melted

ME Class of '16
Facts don't care about your feelings

1. Shot him with a camera, held the photo underwater to develop it

VB born, class of '14

3. An echo

2. That one spent ten years developing a resistance to Iocaine powder.

# 2

What wears orange and blue and always is boohooing?

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

The LOLUVA football team after the Commonwealth Cup got its learner's permit in Blacksburg!

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Possible to answer.

What do you get when you cross an owl with a bungie cord?

Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no lies

Since y'all don't seem to be getting it...

Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no lies

Impossible to answer. Owls and bungee cords have only rarely been able to reproduce together in the wild, and their offspring doesn't show defining characteristics of either species.

McGruber territory?

This is going to be great for the ACC.

What goes from one bed to another but never wakes?

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

Your mom?

Wait, wrong thread. I mean, sheets. Linens.

Mulch

Bed to bed and never sleeps? Your mom

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

Impossible to answer. For some reason, hell I'm running out of energy on this theme.

Q: What's maroon and orange and gets banned from TKP?

A: A Bender in an alcoholic fog.

It's 7am and you're still sound asleep. You hear a knock at the door and notice that you're in-laws have arrived for a surprise breakfast. Caught way off guard, you remember that in the fridge, you have eggs, bacon, and orange juice. What do you open first?

The window to jump out?

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

LOL - This should be the correct answer.... but sadly it is not.

Your eyes

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Presumptuous to assume I'm not an ACC ref and blind.

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

The door.

ME Class of '16
Facts don't care about your feelings

Impossible to answer. You may have opened your home to surprise visits from your dumb $hit in-laws, at which point your only hope is to open the window and jump out without ever opening your eyes.

I have thirty cents in two coins in my pocket. One of them is not a nickel. What are they?

Friends don't let friends go to LOLUVA

The other one is a nickel, and the one that is not a nickel is a quarter?

Yup. I guess that was too easy.

Friends don't let friends go to LOLUVA

Quarter and nickel. Only one of the coins is not a nickel.

A penny...and a 1972 dime with a Roosevelt imperfection today worth exactly 29 cents.

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

Impossible to answer. Due to the fluctuations in currency markets, there are many combinations of coins that may on one day or another add up to thirty cents, if and only if we define a reference for coinage that may or may not include the definition of coin as defined by the USD.

What can go up a chimney down, but can't go down a chimney up?

Umbrella.

My granddaddy told us this riddle all the time. Another one of his classics was:

"What's round as a biscuit, busy as a bee, prettiest thing you ever did see?"

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

A pocket watch.

Clearly a riddle and answer from his generation haha

Impossible to answer. I'm not down with your chimney.

What is brown and sticky?

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

A Stick.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

not a riddle...but...

A guy walks into a bar to watch the VT-UVA game and has his dog with him.

He asks the bartender if the dog can be in there with him. "Why in the world should I allow that?" asks the bartender.

"Well, when the Hokies score he'll stand on his back legs and walk down the bar and back on just two feet. And when UVA scores, he'll walk on his front paws all the way across the bar, and back."

"That's pretty impressive," notes the bartender.

"Oh, that's nothing, when VT wins, he'll do back flips down the length of the bar and back," the owner proudly proclaims.

"What will he do when UVA wins?" asks the bartender.

"Dunno, he's only 15 years old."

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

1) I start with the letter E and I end with the letter E. I only contain one letter yet I am not the letter E, what am I?

2) The man who devised it, does not want it. The man who bought it, does not use it. The man who used it, does not realize it. What is it?

3) What is yellow and smells like green paint?

4) A king is having a party with 1000 bottles of wine. 1 month before the party, someone sneaks into the winery and poisons one bottle of wine with poison that will show no signs that the person is poisoned, but 3 weeks later they will drop dead instantly.

The king has 10 servants that he doesn't care if they die or live. Using these 10, how does the king find the poisoned bottle of wine before the party?

5) You have a lighter and two lengths of rope that burn for exactly 1 hour each. They do not burn consistently so you cannot, for example, cut one in half and burn that. How can you use these two ropes to measure exactly 45 minutes?

6) You are a hunter. You walk five miles due south. You see nothing so you walk five miles due west. You see a bear, you shoot the bear. You walk five miles due north. You end up exactly where you started from. What color was the bear?

7) If I remember correctly, it's this: You have eight coins which are identical in appearance and a scale. One of the coins is a counterfeit. The counterfeit can either be heavier or lighter than a real coin (you don't know if it is heavier or if it is lighter). You can only make three measurements with the scale. How do you find the counterfeit?

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

1) I (eye)
6) white

1. Incorrect
6. Correct

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

3. yellow paint

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Correct

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

7. Put 2 coins on each of side of the scale. If they are equal, none are fake. If not, one of the 4 is fake. Take the 4 containing the fake, and weigh two against each other. If the same, the fake is one of the other two, if different the fake is one of the weighed 2. Weigh one of the two containing the fake against one of the two that do not. If they are same, the fake is the is other from the two that contained the fake. If they are different, it is the one you weighed for the two that contained the fake.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Correct

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

1) envelope
2) life insurance
3) yellow paint
4) number each bottle in binary. Assign each servant a digit. For each bottle have the servant drink if there is a one in his digit (1s place, 2s place, 4s place, etc). See which servants die and that will match the number on the bottle.
5)
6)white
7)

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

1. Correct
2. I think this works. Wasn't the answer I was looking for but close enough.
3. Correct
4. One of two ways I'm aware of solving this.
6. Correct

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

The correct way to solve 4 is the king doesnt drink wine at his party, who cares about everyone else. Its good to be king!

Simple. BYOB for the king's real friends.

Sorry I thought when I said I want drinking my wine it was assumed I'd bring my own blantons, beside who drinks wine, eww.

The bottle one reminded me of the one about the 1000 person party where someone bet someone else that at least one person in the room could call a coin toss right 10 times in a row. Took me longer than i'd like to admit to apply the same logic to the wine bottle thing

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

The solution to #4 doesn't work in all cases. If I have understood you correctly it might only give you 6 candidate bottles.

My understanding is that if the number is 976, you have servants #9, #7, and #6 drink from the bottle. I'm assuming that if the number is 4, you have servants #0, and #4 drink, but these are the same two servants who would drink for bottle 44, or 40, or 400, or 404, or 440. In either of those cases you will not know which of the two bottles is poisoned. This is the case for every bottle with a number repeated (0-9).

This may seem like a small concern, but it actually means that over a quarter of the time (27%), you will not know which of two bottles is poisoned.

edit: Its actually much worse than that, but also I have figured out how to make the solution work better (although not completely).

It is worse because you will only be able to correctly identify 10 of the bottles without 1 additional step. If, as I suggested before the number is 976, you will also only be able to tell that it is 1 of 6 bottles (679, 697, 769, 796, 967, 976). This means the only unique bottles are 000, 111, 222...etc.

The additional step is that you have the servants drink for the 100s place on day 1, the 10s place on a later day, and the 1s place on a later day. Then you can identify the bottle by the order in which they die. If only 1 servant dies, you know the number is repeated 3 times. If servant 0 dies three weeks from the first day, then servant 4 dies three weeks from the third day, you know it is bottle #004. In the 976 example, servant 9 would die first, then servant 7, then 6, and that would uniquely identify the bottle.

This still doesn't work entirely, but worse case scenario there are two potential bottles. If the fourth servant dies three weeks from the second day and no one else dies you know it is either bottle #044, or #040, since the servant who would have died on the third day is already dead. This means you have 2 candidates %18 of the time, but it is better than 6 candidates 99% of the time.

edit 2: I just realized I missed the part where you assigned in binary, and all of the previous text is unnecessary, but it has lead me to a unique solution where max 3 servants will die. I will reply to the original comment.

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

I get that it is a wall of text, but it lead me to another solution, so I left it.

The new solution results in much fewer deaths, but only works on the principle that it takes exactly 3 weeks to die in all cases. Since you don't care about deaths, in a realistic scenario it is probably worse, but in the exact specification of the problem it would still give you the bottle, with servants to spare.

2) Coffin

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

2. Correct.

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

Answer to 5:
Light both ends of rope A and 1 end of rope B. After 30 minutes A will be completely burned and B will still have 30 minutes. Light the other end of B and it will burn for 15 minutes totaling 45.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Correct.

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

Okay so a different solution to #4 that uses delays and the original numbers. You assign each bottle a number #000 to #999, and each servant a number #0 to #9. On the first day you have each servant drink for the hundreds place. On day 2 you have each servant drink if the tens and ones place are both their number. Day 3 they drink from the tens place if it is different from the ones place. Finally you have them drink for the ones place on day 4.

This should give you a unique sequence of deaths for each bottle. If all three numbers are the same, only one servant dies. If all three are different, one servant will die exactly three weeks after days 1, 3, and 4. The order of death lets you know exactly which bottle is poisoned. If only the hundreds and tens places are the same, someone dies three weeks after days 1, and 4. Hundreds, and ones, you get a death three weeks after 1, and 3. If only the tens and ones are the same, you get a death three weeks after days 1, and 2.

This is a solution that uniquely identifies bottles with an expected number of deaths of 2.7 with a max of 3.

edit: the binary based solution above gives a unique bottle with expected 4.932 dead (if you number 0-999 instead if 1-1000), and a max of 9. The binary solution, numbered 0-999 does have a 0.1% chance of no deaths though, where as my solution is a guaranteed 1 death.

So, say the poison is in bottle 212. Servant 2 dies in the first death day. Servant 1 dies on the second. No one dies on the 3rd.
Now say it was bottle 211. How is the result any different?

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

Impossible to answer?

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Incorrect.

The situation he described (servant 2 dies on the first day, servant 1 dies on the second) only describes bottle 211, and results in no deaths on the following 2 death days.

The correct sequence of deaths for bottle 212 would be servant 2 dies on the first death day, and servant 1 dies on the third death day, with no one dying on the fourth.

did you read the rest of the thread or nah

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

I did, but I also wooshed myself hard

leg leg leg leg this made it all worth it!

Next time there's an annoying hypothetical question, "impossible to answer, what a joke!"

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

if it is 212, servant 2 dies on the first day, servant 1 dies on the third.

If it is 211 servant 2 dies on the first day, servant 1 dies on the second.

The key is that there are 4 death days. 1st death day is a guaranteed death for the hundreds place. 2nd death day, there is only a death if the tens and ones place are the same number (obviously there won't be a death if it is 111, for example, because servant 1 is already dead, but having only 1 death makes it obvious which bottle it is). If there is a death on the second day, you already know that is the last death, and which bottle is poisoned, as it gives you the last two digits.

The 3rd death day there is a death for the tens place if it is different from the ones place. The 4th death day there is a death for the ones place.

Some examples:

221: 1st - servant 2, 2nd - none, 3rd - none, 4th - servant 1
212: 1st - servant 2, 2nd - none, 3rd - servant 1, 4th - none
211 : 1st - servant 2, 2nd - servant 1, 3rd - none, 4th - none

These are the unique ways in which 2 servants die. You should be able to swap the numbers any way you want. The only other cases are 3 servants die, which you can represent (without loss of generality) as:

123: 1st - servant 1, 2nd - none, 3rd - servant 2, 4th - servant 3

Swap the numbers and you will get all numbers with exactly 3 unique digits. Lastly, only one servant dies:

000: 1st - servant 0, 2nd - none, 3rd - none, 4th - none

I'm relatively certain that covers all bottles uniquely.

edit: if you would like further confirmation that the sequences of deaths are in fact unique (for bottles numbered 000 - 999), I can probably draw up a chart of the days and deaths for each combination, so you can check for yourself.

my bad, I misread your procedure.

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

No worries, I only came up with this procedure by missing the crucial step of the your solution.

edit: also my solution relies on the further assumption that it will be exactly 3 weeks in all cases, which I'm not sure is fair.

Looks like someone didn't enjoy my impossibilities.

Impossible, your impossibilities were not properly defined

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

Impossible! Only possibilities are properly defined.

I am not sure if you are a horse on a tread mill or if you are just beating a dead horse on a treadmill.

Little of column a, little of column b

What's brown and rhymes with snoop?

"It's always great to beat UVA, that makes us all smarter and better looking for a couple days".

Shit

Dr Dre!

He said nothing, you idiot, he's locked in my basement!

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

A chocolate scoop.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Deleted

1. What's the difference between a piano, a fish, and a bucket of glue?

2. It's tired and stays in a lot.

___

-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

1. You can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

1) The bucket of glue: I knew you'd get stuck on that.

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

Got it!

___

-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

2. A Car?

That's it!

___

-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

in honor of Easter...What do you call a row of rabbits that take 1 step back?

Bunny hop?

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Back Hares?

receding hareline...sorry, I have little kids

I am watched but never seen
I fly without wings
I march with no feet
I'm lost and never retrieved

What am I?

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

Time!

Always be yourself. Because the people that matter, don't mind. And the one's that mind, don't matter.