A Haircut in Horse Town, Part Deux

The Puzzler

RAY: You may remember, years and years ago, we had a puzzler, called "A Haircut in Horsetown." And just to refresh our listeners' memories, it was about a fellow who was passing through a little town called One Horse, Nevada. And he found himself in urgent need of a haircut. And he had a dilemma because there were two barbers in the town, and he couldn't decide which one he should go to.

Enough about that old puzzler. Now we are going to fast forward to 2007.

There were so few customers in Horsetown that now there's only one barber left. And the town council has decreed that every man in town has to be clean shaven. No facial hair of any kind allowed. And, moreover, Horsetown's one and only barber must shave the faces of all those men who do not shave themselves, and only those men. The question is, who shaves the barber?

In other words the barber can only shave people who don't shave themselves. So if the preacher decides that he's going to shave himself, he will shave himself and the barber can't shave the preacher.

So the question very simply is, who shaves the barber?

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