Friday, March 7, 2014

Draw a stone

Eka is a young man of marrying age within the lost tribe of the Milcarnicans. He and Nikku, the daughter of the tribe’s Chief, are in love and go to the Chief to request permission to marry. The Chief gives Eka 5 blue stones, 5 green stones and two bowls. Out of sight of Nikku, Eka must divide the stones between the two bowls anyway he chooses. A blindfolded Nikku must then draw a stone from one of the two bowls. If she draws a blue stone then the couple will have the Chief’s blessing to marry, but if the stone is green then the union will be forbidden (green being the color of the evil serpent spirit, Balcan).
How should Eka divide the stones between the bowls to give Nikku the greatest chance of drawing out a blue stone?


  1. Eka should hide the blue stones so that can remain single and realize his dreams of being a helicopter pilot in the Bugaboo powder skiing range.

    1. Thanks John. Did u not like riddles when you were a child ?

    2. Do dirty jokes count? I have an idea what the answer is... well, what AN answer could be. But if I post it, then Nikku and I can never get together.

  2. Ok here's my take. If he puts a single blue one in a dish and the rest in the other, her blind hand will see the brilliance of this and know it is blue. However, going back to the heli-skiing dream, he sabotages this move by leaving a single green one instead. However Nikku decides that this relationship could jeopardize her dream of becoming an under-water welder so she takes her chances with the more populous bowl, hoping to pick a green. In an ironic twist of fate, she selects a blue one and they spend their lives together running a laundromat, secretly despising one anther for their unrealized dreams. I love riddles... it's fate that I have an issue with.

  3. You're brilliant J.S.
    You should write comedy.