Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
June 2024

The King and I

A king dies. Two men come forward to claim the throne (the true heir and an impostor). Both claim to be his long-lost son. Both fit the description of the rightful heir: about the right age, height, coloring and general appearance.

Finally, one of the elders proposes a test to identify the true heir. One man agrees to the test while the other flatly re-fuses. The one who agreed is immediately sent on his way, and the one who re-fused is correctly identified as the rightful heir. Can you figure out why?

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4 guesses to The King and I

  • Roolstar

    The test proposed has to be dangerous for the real son due to some hereditary condition he must have inherited from his father.

    I do not have a lot of medical knowledge, but maybe a blood test was proposed and the real son, who has the same condition as his father, would risk his life taking it (Hard to stop the bleeding)…


  • Roolstar

    Another guess would be similar to the “Judgement of Salomon” scenario. Where the advisors proposed a test that would desecrate the king’s remains. The real son would object to doing this to his father…

  • Roolstar

    Solomon :)

  • Dude

    The judges say . . . YES!

    The true heir was a hemophiliac just like his father. The test suggested was a blood test.

    Roolstar, you are today’s winner.