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These 15 Riddles Seem Simple, But How Many Can You Solve?

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In case your middle name is Sherlock these ones are for you. Or in case you’re the kind of person who wants to prove everyone that they’re smarter than average. And what better way to do that than to compare scores in a tiny online contest? Here we have some finely chosen riddles that actually don’t require you to overcomplicated things in your mind, just use your instinct and in case you really have them, your brains. And then see who’s smarter than the average bear.

  • Michael Brooks

    1. Depends on the type of race you were in. If you were in first to begin with, passing second just means you are awesome, and still in first.
    2. I guess. I never want to give my job away.
    3, 4, 9, 11 Not too bad… sorta meh.
    5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15 Pretty good.
    7, 13, 14 I like these. :)

  • AbsolutGrndZer0

    Can you still get arrested for attempted suicide? I thought most places got you help nowadays, instead of throwing you in jail. Even worse is when attempted suicide used to be a capital offense. You failed, great we’ll kill you. Wait what?

  • Poorly-formed riddles are the scourge of clear thinking.

    Regarding the first riddle:

    In the typical analysis, you can’t be “in second” until you’ve crossed the finish line. So if you pass “the person in second” then you’ve passed someone who has crossed the finish line, and who has, by construction, finished in second place. Therefore since you, by construction, are still “running a race” —meaning you have not yet finished—you cannot be in either first or second place at all, and your finish position is yet to be determined.

    If instead, you pass “the person” (a poorly-chosen clause meaning “any person at all, in or out of the actual race”) while you are, in fact “in second” that changes the meaning entirely.

    The above two logical word groupings assume you mean strictly those who’ve finished as the ones who have a “place” assignment. Such assignments depend on local rules and tradition. (“Win, place, or show” being one such tradition)

    This all assumes you are a contestant, and not the event coordinator (i.e. “The person running the race”). That would take the fun out of it entirely (ask your typical race coordinator).

    Assuming you are a contestant, and we’re not discussing strictly “finish” positions, but are instead merely commenting on the ordinal position currently occupied by those still running, then the first logical word grouping above allows for the situation where you actually take “first position.” Those words do not allow you to claim the win, because you are still running.

    This is why there will always be “bugs” in code, and loopholes in contracts. Language can be bloody arbitrary without the complete, larger context.

  • Jonathan

    What if you passed the person in second because you are that far in front of him on the track? You would remain in the first position.

  • That’s true.

  • Joshua Thirteen

    I don’t know of any place you are technically arrested, but in the USA any police officer or doctor (and some others) can and will have you locked up for three days in a psych ward for evaluation, which amounts to imprisonment without trial. This can happen to you even if you never had any intent to kill yourself but they simply think you did, or that your behavior in some way indicates possible mental illness. There is no appeal from this. At the end of three days you have a right to a legal hearing if they want to keep you longer. (Weekends and holidays do not count towards the 3 so it could be up to 6 days) Good luck winning that hearing against a psychiatrist’s opinion unless you can hire another doctor who disagrees. While arranging that and getting evaluated by second doctor, you remain locked up. Either way you have been imprisoned for at least three days without anyone having to prove anything. And you have to pay the hospital for the privilege. Maybe this saves lives, but imprisonment against your will seems like punishment to me,

  • AbsolutGrndZer0

    Right, I think most countries nowadays don’t execute you but they used to.

  • assummednewt

    you would be in second because you did not pass the person in first you passed the person in second

  • Dear Lord you’re a moron

    WTF is wrong with you? Have you neither participated in nor witnessed any timed event? “In second” pertains to your current position among other racers. “Finishing Second” would imply finishing second, not “in second”. “The second leading participant at a given time for completed distance in the competition” is what is suggested, and quite clearly at that.

  • Why couldn’t you have simply read the entire comment and spared yourself repeating what I already wrote?

  • JoeSmoove

    K-Bob, let me guess your profession/field of work. I’m going to say… a “typical race coordinator”. Or maybe a “typical riddle coordinator” because you “take the fun out of it entirely”. Thanks.