Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
January 2023
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The Mean King

A king decided to let a prisoner try to escape the prison with his life. The king placed 2 marbles in a jar that was glued to a table. One of the marbles was supposed to be black, and one was supposed to be blue.

If the prisoner could pick the blue marble, he would escape the prison with his life. If he picked the black marble, he would be executed. However, the king was very mean, and he wickedly placed 2 black marbles in the jars and no blue marbles. The prisoner witnessed the king only putting 2 black marbles in the jars.

If the jar was not see-through and the jar was glued to the table and that the prisoner was mute so he could not say anything, how did he escape with his life?

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2 guesses to The Mean King


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  • Here’s a hint:

    Let’s also say that the prisoner was hungry.

  • Chris

    Grab 1 marble and quickly swallow it and if somebody looks in the jar they will see only a black marble so they assume that you had grabbed and eaten the blue marble