Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
July 2024

Bonus Unsolved Riddle

Those Darn Nazis

Originally published on February 6, 2010

A woman who lived in Germany during World War II wanted to cross the German/Swiss border in order to escape Nazi pursuers. The bridge which she is to cross is a half mile across, over a large canyon. Every three minutes a guard comes out of his bunker and checks if anyone is on the bridge. If a person is caught trying to escape German side to the Swiss side they are shot. If caught crossing the other direction without papers they are sent back. She knows that it takes at least five minutes to cross the bridge, in which time the guard will see her crossing and shoot her. How does she get across?

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4 guesses to Bonus Unsolved Riddle

  • hamza

    she walks towards Switzerland on the bridge for 3 mins when noones watching her, then she turns around and walks towards Germany, as though she’s trying to cross to Germany, without any parts, she’s sent back to Switzerland.

  • Barbara

    You cross the bridge and in 3 minutes she would be more than halfway and when the guard comes out just say you are from the Swiss side because without your papers you would be sent back
    to the Swiss side.

  • Dude

    You’re right, Hamza!

    She gets a little more than half way, turns around, and begins to walk toward the german side. The guard comes out, sees that she has no papers, and sends her “back” to the Swiss side.

    You’re today’s winner.

  • amjad

    the woman is the guard!