Questions tagged [liars]

Puzzles that focus on getting information from truth-tellers (who never lie), liars (who always lie), and/or Jokers (who answer at random), or which use such characters as an integral part of the puzzle.

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How many liars were there at the party? [duplicate]

Andy’s birthday party has just been moved up by a week. All the toys in Andy’s room are worried about being replaced by fancy new toys. Sheriff Woody, Andy’s favourite toy, and the others are waiting ...
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A one liner question for marriage to a beautiful girl [closed]

Question: One day I saw an extremely beautiful lady on this island which consisted of only knights (that always are truthful) and knaves (that always lie) and was immediately smitten with her. I ...
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Magicians, Knights and Knaves

My solution for this puzzle did not well match with the book's solution. I thought it would be good to check my argument's reasoning, though you can also propose your own answer. There is an island ...
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Knight-Knave-Normal Meta-Knowledge

A traveller visited one of the islands described by Raymond Smullyan on which all inhabitants are either knights, who always tell the truth, knaves, who always lie, or normals, who can say anything. ...
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The Ultimate Liars

At the bathhouse, 27 travellers arrive. According to a book they have brought, each one follows a different one of the following rules: Traveller Yes Unknown No Sheep Y Y Y Knightly Sheep Y Y R ...
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The Serpent-Tail

After defeating the octangular spirits, you find yourself needing some laundry powder. However, you can't find any at your usual shop, and so you have to ask one of the employees, who happens to be a ...
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The Eight Spirits

After your ordeal with the enterpeton, you need the toilet. Unfortunately, your ability to urinate has been stolen by one of the octangular spirits, a set of spirits that follow strange rules. The ...
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Organs of the Enterpeton

An enterpeton has arrived at the bathhouse. Enterpetons are strange reptiles with exposed organs. Four of these organs can answer questions, and follow certain rules. These organs are: the heart, ...
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The Rainbow Serpents

At your bathhouse job, you encounter a pair of rainbow serpents, each having two heads, hiding behind a wide pillar. They seem to be bent around the pillar with a head from each serpent visible on ...
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Cursed Knights and Knaves

You are packing up after a week-long stay at the Verity Inn. You came here, to Truth Town, to visit your friend but now it's time to go home. You feel in good spirits as you pack your bags. As you are ...
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The Third Hardest Logic Puzzle in the World

This puzzle is heavily derived from the Second Hardest Logic Puzzle in the World, which I also created. The current puzzle and the aforementioned are not identical, however. You have 5 guards: one ...
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How can a liar and a truthteller prove their identities? [closed]

You come across two people. One is a liar who always lies and the other is a truthteller who always tell the truth. You don't know who is who though. Both these people are allowed to say one sentence ...
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The Second Hardest Logic Puzzle in the World

This puzzle is an original creation of mine (as far as I know), although other people have solved it before me. You meet five people: Alice, Bob, Carol, Daniel and Evie. Your aim is to ask yes/no ...
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Trying to find a 2020 puzzle hunt with a puzzle based on Among Us

I am trying to find a puzzle hunt that I believe was held in 2020. It contained a puzzle based on the game Among Us with 26 characters, and you had to decide who were the imposters. The imposters all ...
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Which Demon Spoke?

While wandering, you encounter a pond, in which two demons are bathing. One is labelled 'honest', meaning they always tell the truth, and the other is labelled 'liar', which means they always lie. As ...
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Knight or Knave

On the island of knights and knaves (where knights always tell the truth and knaves lie), you meet two islanders named Penny and Quinru. Penny: Both Quinru and I are knaves! Who is a knight and who ...
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Who is the liar (Number of liars)?

There are 5 people. Each one can be lying or telling the truth, and they can't switch. Below, each person tells us how many liars exist in the group. There are at least 3 liars. There are at least 2 ...
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Can you find and capture a shapeshifter?

A town was invaded by aliens, and some of its residents were kidnapped and replaced by shapeshifters. You're tasked with capturing one of the shapeshifters. Here's the setup: There are 7 residents of ...
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Trapped in an escape room with 2 liars

You are in a room, with 6 people. 2 of them are liars. The room has a code pad. The people say: People What they say Keith The first and last digit are the same number and are not used anywhere else ...
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We have captured 5 spies. Their names are A, B, C, D, and E

This is a variant of the puzzle here. We have captured 5 spies belonging to a secret organization. Their identities are unknown; we only know them by their codenames A, B, C, D, and E. After thorough ...
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Is asking your one question by doing an action an answer to the two doors, two guards puzzle? [closed]

Is asking your one question while doing an action an answer to the two doors, two guards puzzle? Example: You ask your one question by moving towards any door. Only the true guard will continue to ...
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How many children wear a yellow t-shirt?

The puzzle is as follows: In a certain kindergarten there are 23 children. Some of them wear a green t-shirt, others a yellow t-shirt and others blue t-shirt. A tv reporter who was on the site doing ...
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Knight can't answer about joker

If you ask a knight (True) about a Joker's answer (random), then she can't answer because she doesn't know? Does this give a NaN response or is it not allowed? I looked at similar questions and couldn'...
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The wrapping machines of Santa

Christmas is coming and Santa is working hard to wrap all the presents until the 24th of December. He has six wrapping machines: A, B, C, D, E and F, that work $24/7$ all at the same time. But the ...
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Guess the hat colors - Riddle 6

And for today, a new original hat guessing puzzle! CHALLENGE: Guess the hats of the 4 prisoners. SPECIAL RULE: One of the prisoners is lying DESCRIPTION: Each one can see the hats that are in front ...
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Great puzzle makers of yore: #1, Martin Hollis: "The Poacher's Funeral"

When Peter the Poacher died, his six direct descendants all came to the funeral, each being a son, grandson or great-grandson of the old reprobate. The "Chippings Post" sent a man to compile ...
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2 weird problems I came across

A man accused of murder hires a lawyer who is always believed by the court to be telling the truth. The prosecution's attorney says that if the accused man committed the murder, he had an accomplice. ...
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The ice cream puzzle

I am a new user, and I made this puzzle myself, but I lost the answer key, can anyone solve it so I can make a new one? The owner of the ' Super Ice Cream' shop was terrified. One of his workers was ...
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One truthteller, one liar, and two randoms - least questions to identify?

I have landed on a new planet and there are 4 people there. One of them is a truth teller and they always speak the truth. The other is a liar and they always lie. The other 2 are random and they ...
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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of us all?

Three evil queens, accompanied by their magic mirrors, go for a girls' night out. At some point of the night they decide to finally settle the eternal question: who's the fairest of them all? Of ...
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One truthteller/liar and one random person

You come across two peculiar aliens: Alice and Bob. You know the following about them: -Alice is either a "truthteller" (she always tells the truth) or a "liar" (she always lies). -...
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Murder Mystery Question from an Entrance Exam

Here is a question I've been having some trouble with. I'd love any of your thoughts. It is Question 3 in this entrance exam. Mr Cadbury was murdered last night. Exactly one of six suspects is ...
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Vampires, Insanity and Transylvanian Sisters

This is a puzzle from this site: https://medium.com/i-math/vampires-insanity-transylvanian-sisters-88ce3516fd I thought it was very nice, so I wanted to share it with you. WARNING: the above link ...
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Eight campers and the right path

In the spirit of some of my Raymond Smullyan favorites, here's a relatively hard puzzle from a Dennis Shasha collection of $1988$: Eight kids and their guide are lost on a forest exactly one hour ...
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Who broke the window? [closed]

There is a broken window in the house. I asked who broke the window: Gregory: I was not! April : I didn’t do it. August: April was. June : August says the truth Two of them said the truth, and two ...
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City of Lies or Truth [duplicate]

Try to solve this one: You are at an unmarked intersection ... one way is the City of Lies and another way is the City of Truth. Citizens of the City of Lies always lie. Citizens of the City of ...
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Two Truths and a Lie: a logic puzzle

I'm crafting an answer to the game Two Truths and a Lie: each person playing the game says three statements (usually about themselves, though I'm ignoring that requirement for this), two of which are ...
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Question which is sort of puzzle from mathematics Exam

I am self studying and trying questions of quantitative aptitude in my mathematics exam and I am unable to solve this problem. Of three persons $A$, $B$ and $C$, one always lies while the others ...
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Boys and girls in a circle

There are $28$ students in a class, and each of them are either boy or girl. They sit in a circle, and claim that “The two people next to me are of different gender than each other.” It's known that ...
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Sane and crazy persons

I have found this puzzle on internet. 40 persons sit in a round table . All of them are either sane or crazy. When you ask a person "is the person sitting to your right sane or crazy?" a sane person ...
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Knight and Knaves Castle

I was pretty bored in the lockdown so I thought up a mathematics puzzle, which I haven's solved yet, so the community can solve together. Let $n>1$ be a positive integer. There is a square castle ...
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Shocks and guesses

The Liar, the Random and Truth teller were captured and brainwashed to forget whether they always lie or tell truth or randomly answer.Everyone is handcuffed to a chair and gagged with gray, white and ...
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The Lying Brothers

The little town of Stackville is exactly like hundreds of other little communities in every respect but one. Its scenery, its stores, its churches all have their counterparts at every crossroads in ...
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How many spots do these frogs have?

You are approached by 5 spotted frogs who appear to be venomous, to avoid getting bitten by them, you must find out how many spots they have. The frogs with an even number of spots always tell the ...
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Fork in the road problem - with a single person

You walk to a fork from where two roads come out - one leading to a post office and the other to a university. You want to go to the university, but do not know which road would lead you to it. A ...
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Two persons and one question "Is the shaman honest". Which one of them is the shaman?

An anthropologist arrived to the shaman's den where there were two persons, one with a green hat and one with a blue hat. One of the shaman's students had said that there was a Star Predictor with the ...
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Smullyan Logic Puzzle about Nelson Goodman Principle - Knights and Knaves

In Smullyan's "Logical Labyrinths" there is the following problem 1.11: ...
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Constructing an island according to rules in Smullyan's "What is the Name of this Book"

I've recently finished dropping my jaw at Raymond Smullyan's "What is the Name of this Book," and the section on Gödel's incompleteness theorem, involving islands of knights (truthers) and knaves (...
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What is the smallest number of lies needed to solve a Dragon Joust puzzle?

I recently watched this video which presents a deduction "riddle" about dragon jousting. The rules for the puzzle (from the video) are as follows: After centuries of war, the world’s ...
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Two doors, two guards, and two keys

Table of contents Introduction - read about where the puzzle comes from. The puzzle - read the puzzle itself. Warming up - read about solutions to a simpler variation of the puzzle. Introduction (...

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