Evil King Berman and the Three Boxes

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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.

TOM: Aha!

RAY: And her father, the evil king, has devised a way to drive...

TOM: Raymond. Evil King Raymond.

RAY: Raymond. To drive off suitors.

TOM: Yeah.

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.

TOM: Mmm.

RAY: One is made of silver. And the third is made of...

TOM: Tofu.

RAY: Lead.

TOM: Lead.

RAY: Lead, OK?

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: Inside one of these boxes is a picture of the fair Rowena.

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: And it is the job of the knight, the white knight, to figure out which--without opening them, of course...

TOM: Yeah.

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...

TOM: Mmm-hmm.

RAY: "The picture ain't in this box."

TOM: No, it's not.


TOM: Yeah.

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.

RAY: Yes.

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.

TOM: Excellent!

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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The Case of the Fair Maiden Rowena, Evil King Berman and the Three Boxes


Confused with Ray's answer to this week's Puzzler?

You're not alone. You should have seen the deer-in-the-headlights look on Tommy's face.

So...we asked Ray to sit down and explain it for us in writing, so we can all either...

1. Finally understand it and humbly acknowledge that we were too quick to doubt him, or

B. Confirm that he's suffering from a cranial-anal inversion and file a lucrative class-action suit for pain, suffering and loss of consortium.

First, we suggest you read the Puzzler.

Okay, ready to see Ray diagram the answer?

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