Puzzle 19

Another logic puzzle. Straight to the point.

A lovely princess was loved by many princes of other kingdoms, but she was notoriously picky about choosing her husband so that that it drove her father, the king, mad. Then one day the king decided that the next person who comes to propose, the king will force his daughter to marry him. Then a farm boy came up the road to propose to the princess. The king, regretting his vow, decided on a plan to get rid of the boy and get a good suitor. He said to the boy, ” Tomorrow I’ll have you, in front of everyone, select one of two pieces of folded paper. One says princess and the other says death. You get what you select.” The boy, judging the king’s wicked grin, knew that both would say death. He agreed though and in two days he and the princess were married.

How did he do it?

Post answers in comments, I’ll put the real answers in there in one week. Next puzzle is going to be a doozy.

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4 Responses to Puzzle 19

  1. Daniel S says:

    He gave the king the flu! and then he had to give in, in order to survive! Since he has the medicine!… I dunno.

  2. Lorraine says:

    He said ‘if I choose the paper that says death I get to marry the princess, if I choose princess then I die’ ?

  3. Markus says:

    He brought two pieces of folded paper from home and chose the one that said princess, as the king didn’t specify who would provide the papers.

  4. James says:

    He chose either box but did not show the piece he chose to the crowd. He tore the paper up then said, “My fate is sealed, but what does the other box hold?” If the king was not to be killed by a mob for being treacherous he would have to show the paper saying death meaning that the boy had the one that said princess if the king had not rigged it.

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