Evil King Berman and the Three Boxes
RAY: Ha! We're back. You're listening to Car Talk with us, Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, and we're to discuss cars, car repair and, uh, the new Puzzler.
TOM: I can hardly wait.
RAY: This comes from the days of knights and kings and fair maidens and...
TOM: And people named Rowena.
RAY: Rowena. There you go. Turns out that the fair maiden Rowena wishes to wed.
RAY: And her father, the evil king, has devised a way to drive...
TOM: Raymond. Evil King Raymond.
RAY: Raymond. To drive off suitors.
RAY: And he has a little quiz for them, and here it is.
TOM: And the White Knight Tommy.
RAY: More like green.
TOM: Can we work him in? OK. He has a quiz for the suitors. Yeah.
RAY: He has a quiz for the suitors, and here it is. It's very simple. There are three boxes on the table, OK? One is made of gold.
RAY: One is made of silver. And the third is made of...
RAY: Lead, OK?
RAY: Inside one of these boxes is a picture of the fair Rowena.
RAY: And it is the job of the knight, the white knight, to figure out which--without opening them, of course...
RAY: Which one has her picture. Now, to assist him in this endeavor there are inscriptions on each of the boxes.
TOM: Oh, this is interesting already.
RAY: You've got to pay attention, now.
TOM: Yeah. I'm going to write this down.
RAY: You've got to write this down. Get a pencil and write this down. The gold box says...
TOM: Gold says, mmm-hmm.
RAY: "Rowena's picture is in this box."
TOM: In here. OK. Yeah.
RAY: The silver box says...
RAY: "The picture ain't in this box."
TOM: No, it's not.
RAY: The lead box says, "The picture ain't in the gold box."
TOM: Oh, I got the question already.
RAY: You do?
TOM: Yeah. Where's the picture?
RAY: Because if he just opens the box with the picture, he gets the girl.
TOM: Yeah. But he also gives him a hint, right? He's going to give him a hint.
TOM: He's going to say, "All the labels are wrong."
RAY: No. The hint is, one of the statements, and only one, is true.
RAY: The question is: Where's the picture? And, when he sees the picture, is he still going to want her?
TOM: One of the statements is true.
RAY: One, and only one, of the statements is true.
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