A murderer is condemned to death.
He has to choose between three rooms.
The first is full of raging fires.
The second is full of assassins with loaded guns.
The third is full of lions that haven't eaten in 3 years.

Which room is safest for him?

(Didn't make it up myself, but thought you might like it)

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    $\begingroup$ This is a very old puzzle for kids. I am sure, someone would find a dupe for it... $\endgroup$ – Sid Sep 14 '16 at 7:50
  • $\begingroup$ oh my ... it would be better if you make it instead of using a old and known one $\endgroup$ – lois6b Sep 14 '16 at 7:50
  • $\begingroup$ It probably would be, but I found it and thought it was a pretty neat one :( $\endgroup$ – Foitn Sep 14 '16 at 7:51
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    $\begingroup$ So, starving to death is 'Safest'?, if all the result was death then I'll take the bullet #partypooper $\endgroup$ – BetaTester Sep 14 '16 at 8:11
  • $\begingroup$ I believe this is from 7 second riddles from instagram. $\endgroup$ – Sweet_Cherry Oct 18 '18 at 0:38

Obviously its

The lions who hasn't eaten in three years as it would be dead by now

  • $\begingroup$ also I'm pretty sure this is a duplicate question somewhere $\endgroup$ – BlueFire Sep 14 '16 at 7:50
  • $\begingroup$ Wow, that sure was fast :S $\endgroup$ – Foitn Sep 14 '16 at 7:50

He would open all the three doors at the same time , the lion would eat the all assassins and later then the lion would jump into the fire , because of the guilt of killing so many people .It had turned into saint lion as it had fasted for 3 years. Then he can go any of the 2 rooms.

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    $\begingroup$ Upvoted for creativity :D $\endgroup$ – BlueFire Sep 14 '16 at 12:59
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    $\begingroup$ Better than the original and correct answer $\endgroup$ – Khushraj Rathod Aug 26 '18 at 11:45

I think it's the


Let me first clarify a possible loophole in the typical answer:

It could be disputed that "eating" is the process of inputing food in mouth, probably chewing, and then swallowing. There is an alternative: IV. So the lions could be alive without eating by having IVs on them.

If this is a case,

Assasins are professionals and would generally not attack someone without reason.


It sounds expensive for someone to gather many assasins in one room, full of guns, just to see the answer someone would give to a riddle. If this is NOT so, it means the assasins are there involuntarily. You would probably "free" them and have a bunch of armed assasins on your side to a common enemy...the bastard that plays games with people's lives. (Where's Minsc?)

On the other hand,

It would be also expensive to being able to maintain a bunch of lions' IVs over 3 years.


The answer is

Lion, simply because they would be dead if they haven't eaten in 3 years.


I would go in the room of lions because the lions should be dead because they haven't eaten in three years.


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