How about this:
The two "boxes" are eggs. They contain embryonic chicks, identical twins,
male, an older and younger brother. The key to any biological organism
(tautology?) could be said to be it's DNA; these eggs share that dna, and so
each contains the key to the other.
So how do you open each box? Keep them warm (in beds of scrunched up pages
from The Spike?), and the chicks will do the job for you.
I wonder... "and complete the task?"... what is the task?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dale Johnstone" <DaleJohnstone@email.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 02, 2001 2:15 AM
Subject: Re: Riddles (was: Lateral Thinking)
> 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?
> It's actually quite an easy one. I request that Eliezer and xgl sit this
> out to give others a shot at it. You're both free to respond privately
> Dale Johnstone.
> AI Researcher.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Damien Broderick" <email@example.com>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Monday, January 01, 2001 6:56 AM
> Subject: Re: Riddles (was: Lateral Thinking)
> > At 10:33 PM 31/12/00 -0500, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky claimed implausibly:
> > >The riddle itself is a Hofstadterian self-answering riddle.
> > How... disappointingly... inadequate. So much build up, so little pay
> > I need to see this alleged lateral wonder unpacked.
> > Damien Broderick
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