Re: Riddles (was: Lateral Thinking)

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Fri Jan 05 2001 - 15:36:28 MST

Dale Johnstone wrote:
> I previously wrote:
> > Ok, try this one:
> >
> > There are two locked boxes, an old and younger brother;
> > The keys to each, are inside the other;
> >
> > To cheer up the ozzy, I leave a copy of 'The Spike';
> > Of which you're free to use, in any way you like;
> >
> > To keep him smiling, I promise no meta-tricks;
> > No Eliezer Yudkowsky's, xgl's, or tooth picks;
> >
> > Now all that remains, is for me to ask;
> > How do I open each box, and complete the task?
> >

The smaller box is shaped exactly like the key to the bigger box, and
only has walls of 1 atom thickness, and is a few atoms wider and longer
and deeper. Since this is within the design tolerances of the lock on
the bigger box, you can use the smaller box as the key to the bigger
box. You open the bigger box, remove the key and open the smaller box,
thus removing the real key to the bigger box.

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