# What's my number? [duplicate]

I am thinking of an integer $1,2$ or $3$. You can ask me only a single question to which I can reply "Yes", "No" or "I don't know". I will be completely honest. What will you ask me to figure out what number I am thinking about?

Note: Since there are an infinite number of solutions to this puzzle, I'll select the wittiest one / the one with most upvotes. (Because the one I came up with is kind of overly mathematical and a little too out of the box.)

• The possible duplicate, though very similar, has 4 possible answers ("maybe"), which in essence changes the answers.
– AvZ
Feb 8 '15 at 14:58
• "Maybe" can be changed to "I don't know" in almost all circumstances. Besides, there are enough answers on the other question that don't use "maybe" already. Feb 8 '15 at 15:03
• @AvZ I have a feeling this question is gonna be closed, perhaps you should accept my answer, and tag this as open-ended. Feb 8 '15 at 15:06
• @warspyking Like I have said before, comments like that make me think you answer for the reputation only. Feb 8 '15 at 23:41
• @mdc32 My answer was the only understandable one here. Why just leave it unanswered? Feb 9 '15 at 0:53

I'm going to think of a random number too, 1 or 2. If we multiply our numbers, will the product be greater than or equal to 3?

• No -> 1
• Yes -> 3
• I don't know -> 2
• Nice, this works. Let's see what others think. I am going to acxept this within a day or 2 if there aren't any other better answers.
– AvZ
Feb 8 '15 at 14:55
• @AvZ If there is a better answer I'll just have to get cleverer. Feb 8 '15 at 14:56
• Is there any particular reason why people downvote "duplicatish" posts.
– AvZ
Feb 8 '15 at 17:44
• @AvZ Yes, because you didn't research enough. Feb 8 '15 at 19:08

I'm thinking of either 1.5 or 2.5 . Is your number greater than mine?

• Yes - 3
• No - 1
• I don't know - 2

Is either of the following true:

• Your number is $$1$$.
• Your number is $$2$$, and the Riemann hypothesis is true?

If you say "yes", it's 1, if you say "I don't know", it's $$2$$, and if you say "no", it's $$3$$. And, if you say "yes" and I find out your number isn't $$1$$, I'm gonna want a proof.

(You could replace "Riemann hypothesis" by anything else the answerer would not know. For instance, "Is a random number I just thought of equal to $$1$$?")

• If the number is 1, the answer is YES (as $\frac{1}{2-1}>0$ )
• If the number is 2, the answer is I DON'T KNOW (as $\frac{1}{2-2}$ is undefined )
• If the number is 3, the answer is NO (as $\frac{1}{2-3}<0$ )
• You generally consider the form $\frac{1}{0}=+\infty$ which is greater than $0$
• @AvZ I would consider $\frac{1}{0} = \pm\infty$, but the other answers are better anyway. Feb 8 '15 at 17:37