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This is a classic riddle of mine. Please read the scenario below for the setup.


You are sitting around a campfire and a friend smiles and says:

Sam: I have a riddle.

Intrigued, you ask him what it is. He points to the tent you are staying in that night, and asks:

Sam: Is that tent Good Rice or Bad Rice?

Confused, you pick one at random and answer:

You: Good rice?

He smiles and says you are correct. He then asks:

Sam: What about that rock over there? Good Rice or Bad Rice?

You answer, slightly more confident this time:

You: Good rice.

Grinning sheepishly, he replies:

Sam: Nope, it's Bad Rice. Think about it! Now look, is that tree over there, is it Good Rice or Bad Rice?

Now thoroughly confused, you simply reply:

You: I don't know... Tell me!

He replies with:

Sam: Good Rice. That was easy! One more time.

He points towards the campfire and asks:

Sam: Campfire. Good Rice or Bad Rice?

You are stumped, but guess:

You: Bad rice?

He smiles and says:

Sam: Excellent job!


Your objective is to discover what classifies things as "Good Rice" or "Bad Rice." Good Luck!

Important for Editors: (slight spoiler)

Please do not edit formatting in the "scenario," as some grammar is important to the riddle.

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closed as too broad by leoll2, Masclins, Alconja, Adam Davis, Rob Watts May 28 '15 at 15:45

Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer. Avoid asking multiple distinct questions at once. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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    $\begingroup$ Is this riddle Good Rice or Bad Rice? ;) $\endgroup$ – Mark N May 27 '15 at 19:20
  • $\begingroup$ Excellent question! Good Rice! $\endgroup$ – Sam Weaver May 27 '15 at 19:21
  • $\begingroup$ Anything whose name starts with a "t" is good rice? Fits the four questions asked. $\endgroup$ – user3294068 May 27 '15 at 21:11
  • $\begingroup$ Rock doesn't begin with T. $\endgroup$ – Sam Weaver May 27 '15 at 21:21
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    $\begingroup$ I'm agreeing with the names start with "t" (tent and tree are good rice, rock and campfire are bad rice). Although the riddle being good rice doesn't fit from your comment. $\endgroup$ – gtwebb May 27 '15 at 22:11
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If "is" is in the question, it's good rice:

  • Is that tent Good Rice or Bad Rice?
  • Now look, is that tree over there, is it Good Rice or Bad Rice?
  • Is this riddle Good Rice or Bad Rice? ;)

Otherwise, it's bad rice:

  • What about that rock over there? Good Rice or Bad Rice?
  • Campfire. Good Rice or Bad Rice?
  • Also, what about this comment? Good Rice or Bad Rice? Bad Rice of course
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  • $\begingroup$ Good job! You got it first, and your answer has been selected. $\endgroup$ – Sam Weaver May 27 '15 at 21:16
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Let's try again.
Good rice is determined by:

When the question begins with is or something similar (though is is the only one used thus far).

Bad rice is when

The question is simply phrased as "Good rice or bad rice?" with nothing coming before hand.


Old Answer


Anything that is good rice is

Asked with a question beginning with a vowel. For example: "Is that tent good rice or bad rice?" and "Is that tree good rice or bad rice?"

While bad rice is

Any question beginning with a consonant. "What about that rock over there?" and "Campfire. Good rice....".

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  • $\begingroup$ Yet from this answer, could it possibly be both? $\endgroup$ – Mark N May 27 '15 at 19:23
  • $\begingroup$ Not quite, but you're on the right track. Also, what about this comment? Good Rice or Bad Rice? Bad Rice of course. $\endgroup$ – Sam Weaver May 27 '15 at 19:24
  • $\begingroup$ Good job for the edit. Correct, but could you please spoiler it. I selected the other answer because it came first. Good work though. $\endgroup$ – Sam Weaver May 27 '15 at 21:17
  • $\begingroup$ @SamWeaver What do you mean spoiler it? I have the answer in spoilers currently. $\endgroup$ – Aggie Kidd May 27 '15 at 21:19
  • $\begingroup$ Ah excellent, I must have missed it. $\endgroup$ – Sam Weaver May 27 '15 at 21:19
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I took it as something completely different. I realize it's not the intended answer, but it might be good to edit the question so this loophole is not possible.

Good Rice when

The subject of the question (tent, rock, tree, campfire) has one or more occurrence of any letter. (tent, tree)

Bad Rice when

The subject of the question (tent, rock, tree, campfire) has only 1 of each letter. (rock, campfire)

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  • $\begingroup$ You are right, I shouldn't have set up the question like that. This is not the intended answer, but some variations of this riddle are based on that premise. $\endgroup$ – Sam Weaver May 27 '15 at 21:19
  • $\begingroup$ that even works for "riddle" but alas not for "comment" which was declared bad rice in a comment. $\endgroup$ – Kate Gregory May 28 '15 at 11:45
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It could be to do with the number of words in the sentence preceding "Good Rice or Bad Rice?" (since the OP asks people not to edit anything).

"Is that tent Good Rice or Bad Rice?" gives Good Rice.
"What about that rock over there? Good Rice or Bad Rice?" gives Bad Rice.
"Now look, is that tree over there, is it Good Rice or Bad Rice?" gives Good Rice.
""Campfire. Good Rice or Bad Rice?" gives Bad Rice.
"Is this riddle Good Rice or Bad Rice?" gives Good Rice.
"Also, what about this comment? Good Rice or Bad Rice?" gives Bad Rice.

So 3 and 9 map to Good while 6, 1, and 5 map to Bad. So far, any function satisfying these simple criteria will work. Too broad?

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  • $\begingroup$ Clever way to look at it. $\endgroup$ – Sam Weaver May 27 '15 at 19:29
  • $\begingroup$ What about: PHP Good Rice or Bad Rice... :o?? $\endgroup$ – Mark N May 27 '15 at 19:35
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    $\begingroup$ The answer to that question would be Bad Rice. $\endgroup$ – Sam Weaver May 27 '15 at 21:18
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I'm bit disappointed that the expected answer is bit unimaginative.

What if Sam intended to ask the question like this:

"Is that tent Good Rice or Bad Rise?"

Similarly for all questions he meant

Rise

instead of

Rice

Then also the given answers make sense.

Tent, Tree and fire are good 'rises' (as in high-rise building), but stone is not a 'good rise'.

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