Aha! Got it at last! (Please ignore my third attempt).
I suspected you'd try some Hofstadter-style meta-trickery, especially after
that blank post you posted as the ultimate 'When I Was a Boy' response. (See
'Re: Clarification and limited apology' thread on Dec 21). Did anyone else
I tried pulling the same stunt for my Art A-Level at college. The blank
sheet of paper certainly made my Art teacher laugh. It did nothing for my
Thanks for a great puzzle Eli.
Happy New Year everyone!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, January 01, 2001 2:22 AM
Subject: Re: Lateral Thinking
> Dale Johnstone wrote:
> > Second guess:
> > You are two boxes, each inside the other, etc.
> > You are exactly what you claim.
> > The riddle is a meta-riddle. It's not actually a riddle. The riddle is
> > own solution.
> > If that's wrong then I give up! :)
> > Dale Johnstone.
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <email@example.com>
> > To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2000 9:37 PM
> > Subject: Re: Lateral Thinking
> > > I am two boxes, each inside the other;
> The answer containing the riddle, the riddle containing the answer.
> > > I am myself, I have no brother;
> The two are one.
> > > I am exactly what I claim;
> The substance of its own text.
> > > If you guess this riddle, speak my name.
> Congratulations to Dale Johnstone for guessing 'this riddle'.
> -- -- -- -- --
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://singinst.org/
> Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
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