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tjwgct
Tjwgct  (Level: 126.5 - Posts: 148)
Fri, 13th Jan '06 1:24 PM

BRAIN TEASER HELP!

Ok, so a friend came to me, know around these parts as the queen of the brain teaser, because she needed help on this to win some sort of contest. Don't want to let her down of course, but can't for the life of me, figure it out...I need your help to live up to my title. Here it is:

A man finds himself surrounded by hostile strangers who literally want a piece of him. He flees, but encounters fierce animals and natural obstacles. Finally, he places his trust in a friendly stranger, only to be
betrayed and murdered.

Who is the man and who betrays him?

Please help! Thanks!! What would we do without our fellow sploofusers???

tjwgct
Tjwgct  (Level: 126.5 - Posts: 148)
Fri, 13th Jan '06 1:32 PM

She has just received a hint:

the man can not swim, but the friendly stranger can.

jedley
Jedley  (Level: 34.2 - Posts: 278)
Fri, 13th Jan '06 2:34 PM

Swimming is a false lead - the friendly man is a cannibal (piece of him? that's why he's friendly)

oogie54
Oogie54  (Level: 201.2 - Posts: 1120)
Fri, 13th Jan '06 2:35 PM

The gingerbread man?

tjwgct
Tjwgct  (Level: 126.5 - Posts: 148)
Fri, 13th Jan '06 2:40 PM

ok so if the friendly man is a cannibal then who's the man?

oogie54
Oogie54  (Level: 201.2 - Posts: 1120)
Fri, 13th Jan '06 2:59 PM

The answer is the gingerbread "man", everyone tried to eat him, and the "friendly fox" offered to get him across the river,only to eat him.

jedley
Jedley  (Level: 34.2 - Posts: 278)
Fri, 13th Jan '06 3:01 PM

The format of the puzzle does not require that we know or conclude anything about the man. He's just a pretext.

jedley
Jedley  (Level: 34.2 - Posts: 278)
Fri, 13th Jan '06 3:31 PM

Where in the scenario is a "friendly fox", or a river for that matter, or the need to cross it? It's not possible to arrive at Oogie's conclusion on the basis of the information provided.

tjwgct
Tjwgct  (Level: 126.5 - Posts: 148)
Fri, 13th Jan '06 3:47 PM

Check out the gingerbread man story...

www.topmarks.co.uk/stories/gingerbread.htm

It makes perfect sense.

lulise
Lulise  (Level: 32.2 - Posts: 248)
Fri, 13th Jan '06 4:46 PM

I guess it's an answer you would actually have to know the background on and not one that you can deduce from the riddle's words themselves.

oogie54
Oogie54  (Level: 201.2 - Posts: 1120)
Fri, 13th Jan '06 6:26 PM

It's more literative than literal.

jedley
Jedley  (Level: 34.2 - Posts: 278)
Sat, 14th Jan '06 1:44 PM

I wasnt aware that literative meant 'having seen the puzzle before'... ;op hehe

oogie54
Oogie54  (Level: 201.2 - Posts: 1120)
Sat, 14th Jan '06 3:44 PM

In this instance refers to the great wealth of literary knowledge I acquired...Nursery Rhymes,Winnie the Pooh, Mad Magazine etc.

marynuala
Marynuala  (Level: 133.5 - Posts: 994)
Wed, 18th Jan '06 1:54 PM

Tjwgct - Have you since solved your brainteaser? I gave up, but can continue with life less puzzled if you could give some more clues perhaps?
Yes, a difficult one.
Marynuala

aquamar
Aquamar  (Level: 178.6 - Posts: 909)
Thu, 19th Jan '06 6:38 PM

Mary-- Like OOgie said, " the gingerbread man."


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