Are you looking for a fun way to help your child develop their problem solving skills? Then have a go at solving this ‘Fork in the Road’ logic puzzle with them.
Solving logical puzzles is beneficial for children because it teaches them to think critically and solve problems. These types of activities can also help improve memory, attention span, and creativity. And the best part is that these puzzles are fun! So not only will your child be learning something new but they’ll also be getting some fantastic brain workout.
FORK IN THE ROAD – LOGIC PUZZLE
A logician went on vacation to an island. There were two different tribes that lived on the island. One tribe always told the truth and one tribe always lied. When he reaches to a fork in the road, he must ask a local person which way to go to reach the village. The logician has no way of knowing if the person is telling the truth or lying. He pause for a bit, then asks only one question. He knows which path to take based on the response.
What question does he ask?
HOW TO SOLVE THE LOGIC PUZZLE
If we want the question to be answered with ‘yes’ or ‘no’, there are several solutions.
For example, the logician points to one of the roads and asks the native, ‘If I asked you whether this road leads to the village, would you say yes? Even if the native is lying, he is compelled to give you the correct answer! If the road does indeed lead to the village, the liar would answer ‘no’ to the straight question, but because the question is phrased this way, he lies and replies ‘yes.’ (Of course, if the road really lead to the village, a truth-teller would answer “yes” to this question).
Whether the native is telling the truth or lying, the logician can be confident that the route leads to the village. If, on the other hand, the road does not actually lead to the village, the liar is obligated to respond “no” to the logician question.
Can you figure out if there is any other way, the logician can ask the same question ?
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