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Lazy Daughter
posted by Sifat - January 22 2011 01:04:44 AM
A wealthy wise old woman feared that her daughter was lazy and as a result rather stupid. When the old woman died, her will stipulated that her assets were to be liquidated and a check was to be written for the full amount. The check was to be placed in one of three envelopes. The other two envelopes would contain a blank piece of paper. If the daughter could determine from the writing on the envelope which envelope contained the check, she
would inherit her mother's fortune. Otherwise, the fortune would go to the old woman's favorite charity for animals. The daughter was not allowed to touch the envelopes. Her decision had to be made based on the writing on the envelopes. The daughter was told
that only one envelope had a true statement and that the other two statements were false.

The envelopes had the following writing:

1. This envelope does not have the check
2. This envelope has the check
3. The second envelope does not have the check

Which envelope should the daughter pick?
Reply by Caprico - January 22 2011 03:50:49 AM
The check is in the first envelope. (Only the third statement is true then...)

Reply by Sifat - January 22 2011 05:17:06 AM
The daughter should pick envelope 1. Unfortunately she picked envelope 3. Statements 1 and 2 were false and the only true statement was statement 3. If the check was in envelope 1 that would make statement 1 false statement 2 false and statement 3 is

Reply by Caprico - January 22 2011 05:39:44 AM
Does she have to pick the envelope which satisfies the statements, or the one on whose envelope the true statement is written?

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