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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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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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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The scales never lie (oh yes they do!)

There are $10$ coins, one of which is a fake, and weighs either more or less than the others - you don't know which. There are two sets of scales - one tells the truth, the other lies (always says ...
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2 Guards, 3 Keys, 2 Locks

There are 2 guards: one only tells the truth, the other only lies. There are 2 locks and 3 keys: each lock can only have 1 key matched - the 3rd key doesn't do anything. You can only ask one ...
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Knights and knaves puzzler

A very special island is inhabited only by knights and knaves. Knights always tell the truth, and knaves always lie. You meet three inhabitants: Peggy, Joe and Zippy. Peggy claims, "I am a knight or ...
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Knight and knaves

A very special island is inhabited only by knights and knaves. Knights always tell the truth, and knaves always lie. You meet three inhabitants: Alice, Rex and Bob, where Alice tells you that "Rex is ...
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Island of Knights, Knaves, Spies

There are 3 types of inhabitants of a village: knight, knaves, normal. You should map each inhabitant with its type, by asking only this type of question to a person: "Hey X, what is the type of ...
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Survive from death by asking the right question twist [duplicate]

You are at a path and there is two roads splitting from it. The first one is certain death and the other is the way home. You do not know which way is the right way home, but there are two people. ...
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Knights and Knaves: What does C say?

You are on a fictional island with two types of people: knights who always tell the truth, and knaves, who always lie. Three of the inhabitants - A, B, and C are standing in the garden. A says, "B and ...
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Time to call the bluff [closed]

You are located outside of two rooms which have a door between them. Each room has one or more computers whose total power is unknown, so they cannot be reliably used as proof-of-work to compare times,...
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Ask one verbal question to figure out who is blind and who is mute among three persons

This is another "You can ask only one question" puzzle. This is an edited very restricted version There may be multiple answers but I could come up with only one. There are three persons in three ...
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Knights and Knaves on a (Not So) Deserted Island

One day, while flying your single-engine seaplane out over the Pacific, the electrical system shorts out, all of your electrical systems (including the radio) fail, and the engine dies. You are in a ...
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The chariot race

In a chariot race only 4 cars came to the finish: the blue, the green, the red and the white one. Titus, who is in bed with a cold, inquires to Quintus about the outcome of the race, because he ...
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The joke office

Alice and Bob are supposed to get form A at the joke office. Forms A, B, C, D and E are each at exactly one of the following five terminals. At one Terminal is only one form. Terminal 1: Here ...
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The alcoholic village festival

The villages Arriba and Abajo together have 2019 inhabitants. At the annual festival are more than 2000 villagers this year. When they form a huge circle for dancing, everyone calls happy: ...
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Robots in a spaceship [duplicate]

Xerxes has 6, 7 and 8-arm robots in his spaceship. Unfortunately, the 7-arm robots are misprogrammed and everything they say is a lie. The other robots are fine, they always speak the truth. Once ...

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