A blind man went to a sorcerer to regain his sight. The sorcerer placed eight different colored cups in front of him, and said that one of these cups contained a magic drink while the other seven cups had poison in it. The cups were placed as the following picture:

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The sorcerer told the blind man that the cups have the colors Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, and White. Furthermore he gave the following hints:

  1. The blue cup contains the magic drink,
  2. The green cup is neither the leftmost nor the rightmost in its row.
  3. The yellow and the red cup are opposite to each other.(row wise not beside each other)
  4. The indigo cup is not in the top row.
  5. The orange cup is beside the blue cup.
  6. The white cup is leftmost or rightmost in its row.
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    $\begingroup$ What do you mean with "neightbours"? Can they be diagonally close to each other? $\endgroup$
    – Dr. Roggia
    May 29, 2017 at 10:48
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    $\begingroup$ Can you please clarify what you mean by 'neighbors'? $\endgroup$
    – Mithical
    May 29, 2017 at 10:58
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    $\begingroup$ The clues aren't sufficient to give a unique solution because taking a mirror image of an acceptable solution along the column axis produces a different orientation of the cups which satisfies all the conditions ( assuming neighbours are also neighbours in the mirror image ). $\endgroup$
    – glugglug
    May 29, 2017 at 13:22
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah indeed. So, probably the blind guy will drink poison even if he think he is right. RIP lol $\endgroup$
    – Dr. Roggia
    May 29, 2017 at 13:32
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    $\begingroup$ If anything, "opposite to each other" makes even less sense than "neighbors" did.... $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    May 30, 2017 at 5:36

2 Answers 2


This puzzle:

Is simply broken! The puzzler should fix the hints or add more of them


It has more than 8 Solutions, and in every solution the Blue Is in different place.
In conclusion the blind man has 1/8 chance to drink the magical drink.


I think that the sorcerer doesn't have the magical drink, and he simply wants to kill the poor blind man! - Maybe to keep his reputation?-

The arrangements: (1)

Blue | Orange | Green | White
Violet | Red | Yellow | Indigo

(2) :

Orange | Blue | Green | white
Violet | Red | Yellow | Indigo

(3) :

White | Green | Blue | Orange
Violet | Red | Yellow | Indigo

(4) :

White | Green | Orange | Blue
Violet | Red | Yellow | Indigo

(5) :

Violet | Green | Yellow | Red
Blue | Orange| Indigo | White

(6) :

Violet | Green | Yellow | Red
Orange | Blue | Indigo | White

(7) :

Violet | Green | Yellow | Red
Indigo | Orange | Blue | White

(8) :

Violet | Green | Yellow | Red
White | Indigo | Orange | Blue


I think that

This does not have a unique solution.

For example,

The following solution works: White | Green | Orange | Blue Indigo | Yellow | Red | Violet


The following also works: Blue | Orange | Green | White Violet | Red | Yellow | Indigo

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    $\begingroup$ As i failed to ask a perfect question as per the people commenting , am chosing this as the right answer. $\endgroup$
    – Jeffin
    May 30, 2017 at 6:35

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