Wednesday, September 8, 2004

Solve the riddle

As I advised you recently, I have some Gmail invites to give out. I thought it would be interesting to use a riddle to make things a bit more interesting rather than just ask people to just request an invite.

What you'll need to do is solve the riddle & then email me your answer, comments are turned off until I'm out of invites to stop potential answers being posted. If I find your answer to be correct and in full, then I'll give you an invite. I'll advise you when I don't have any left, but hopefully I'll get some more and then I can issue something else for you to try your luck at.

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A Pirate called Paul had been captured by a French general & sentenced to death by his firing squad, which currently consisted of 50 men. Paul was worried, as he knew their reputation for being the worst firing squad in the French military. They were so bad that they would quite often miss their targets, but eventually leaving them to bleed to death. The general only allows 1 shot per man to save on ammunition. The thought of a slow painful death made Paul beg for mercy.

"Very well, I have some compassion. You may choose where the men stand when they shoot you and I will add 60 extra men to the squad. Perhaps if they stand closer they will kill you quicker if you're lucky."

"Also they can't stand more than 25 ft away, they must be facing you and you must remain tied to the post in the middle of the yard & to show I'm not totally heartless if you aren't dead by sundown I'll release you so you can die peacefully outside the compound. I must go now but will return tomorrow and see to it that you are buried in a nice spot, though with 110 men I doubt there will be much left of you to bury."

After giving his instruction the general left. Upon his return the next day he
found that Paul had been set free alive and well.

"How could this be?" Demanded the general.

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Answers via email and should be as detailed as possible.
Of course, I decide if your answer is correct & detailed enough but I hope you will have a bit of fun thinking about it. It may seem easy / obvious to you, it may not.

Post ID: 498, posted by jase at 11:44 PM
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