## "Logic Riddles"

#### The Sticks of Truth

Long ago in India judges traveled from village to village. One day a judge stopped at an inn to rest, but the innkeeper was very upset. Some one had just that day stolen his daughter’s golden ring. The judge told him not to worry and had all of the guests gather so that he could question them. When he could not figure out from their answers wh the theif was, the judge decided to use some old magic. He told them all he was going to have to use the sticks of truth. “These are magic sticks,” he explained,”that will catch the theif.” He gave each guest a stick to keep under their bed during the night. “The stick belonging to the theif will grow two inches in the night. At breakfast we will compare sticks and catch the theif.” The next morning the judge had all the guests come to his table and hold their sticks up next to his to see if they were longer. None had grown any longer. Then suddenly the judge called out,”This is the theif! Her stick is shorter than all the rest.” Once caught, the woman gave the ring back and confessed. All the guests were confused. The judge had said the longest stick would be the theif’s, but instead it was the shortest stick. Why?

A:
None of the sticks were magical. The only one worrying about being caught was the theif. She had cut off two inches of her stick during the night so she wouldn't be caught. But the sticks weren't magical, so her stick ended up being two inches shorter.

#### The Clever Bride

There was once a bride who lived with her husband and mother-in-law. The bride was very fond of chick peas. The mother-in-law had a barrel full of chick peas in the kitchen. Every couple of days the bride would steal some chick peas and roast them in secret. Eventually, the barrel became half-empty and the mother-in-law became suspicious of the bride because she was new to the household and no one had ever taken the chick peas before. The bride knew of her suspicious. Once when they were cleaning the kitchen, the bride found a chick pea on the floor. She said three words to the mother-in-law that made the mother-in-law think she didn’t take the chick peas. What were they?

A:
"What is this?" If she didn't know what a chick pea was, why would she steal them?

#### Fishing

Two fathers and two sons were fishing at a lake. By noon everyone had caught a fish, so they walked home. When they returned, everyone was overjoyed that three fish were caught. No fish were lost, stolen, or thrown back. Everyone brought their fish all the way home. How can this be if the two fathers and two sons all caught fish?

A:
There was a grandpa(father), a dad(father & son), and a son(son).

#### The Man In the Desert

A man is walking through the desert. He sees and enormously large cliff, and a dead man at the bottom. The dead man is in his underwear and is holding a straw. How did the man die and how did he get there?

Hint #1: The straw in the man’s hand is not a drinking straw, it is a straw of hay.

Hint #2: The man died from falling a great height.

Hint #3: The man walking up to the dead man has nothing to do with the dead man.

Hint #5: The man was in some sort of vehicle before he died.

A:
The dead man and his two friends (three people) were flying in a hot air balloon. They were heading down wards and towards the cliff. They threw everything out of the hot air balloon and stripped to their underwear, but it wasn't enough. They decided to draw straws to see who would have to jump out. That poor man lost and had to jump out. His friends floated away to safety.

#### a school bus

you buy a bus and then get into it and drive to the middle of town and pick up 7 people then you drive to a pub and pick up 19 people then you drive to your house and pick up 16 people. but tell me who was driving the bus?

A:
the bus driver is you!

#### riddle piddle

you can open it and close it and sometimes slide.

A:
it is a door.

#### The five mile stairs

You are in a house, with a five mile staircase and you have to go to the bathroom. There is a bathroom 2 mils away on the stair case. You run five miles up the stairs. Where do you end up?

A:
3 miles above the bathroom

#### The Golden Apple

In marble hall as white as milk,

lined with skin as soft as silk, with in a fountain cristal clear a golden apple does appear. no doors there are to this strong hold Yet theifs brake in and steal the gold

A:
an eeg

#### Who am I?

I am a ruler that cannot rule. Who am I?

A:
Ruler

#### St. Ives

While I was on my way to St. Ives I met a man with seven wives. Each wife had seven sacks. Each sack had seven cats. Each cat had seven kittens. Wives sacks, cats, and kittens, how many were there on there way to St. Ives?

A:
One. The riddle asks how many where on their way to St. Ives, not how many people or things where on the road.