4 hats Riddle (desc). Shown above are 4 men buried up to their necks in the ground. They can not move so can only look forward. Between A and B is a brick wall
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4 hats Riddle (desc)

Shown above are 4 men buried up to their necks in the ground. They can not move so can only look forward. Between A and B is a brick wall which can not be seen through. They know that between them are 4 hats, 2 are black and 2 are white, but they do not know which color they are wearing. In order to avoid being shot one of them must call out to the executioner the color of their hat. If they get it wrong, everyone will be shot. They are not allowed to talk to each other and have 10 minutes to fathom it out
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User avatar #1 - entername (07/07/2014) [+] (30 replies)
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Man "C" knows his hat is black, "C" knows "B" has a white hat. If man "C" had a white hat then "D" would have known the answer right away... so since man "D" didn't answer he knows the color of his hat is black
User avatar #96 - entername (07/08/2014) [-]
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here is another brain teaser you guys can try
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User avatar #2 - Mnementhdragon (07/07/2014) [+] (4 replies)
C knows that he has a black hat on.

He knows this because if he was wearing the same color hat as the person in front of him then the guy behind him would have been able to call out his own hat color. Since guy D didn't call out, then guy C knows that he must not be wearing the same color had as guy B.
User avatar #36 - wliia (07/08/2014) [+] (9 replies)
How about another riddle:

A plane is flying over the Canadian-American border. The plane crashes, and every single person on board dies, yet when the paramedics arrive they find survivors from the crash. How did this happen?
User avatar #38 to #36 - kerfufflemachtwo (07/08/2014) [-]
There were married people.
#20 - helpmedudes (07/07/2014) [+] (1 reply)
I was really suspicious because I thought this would be one of those things that you spend time thinking about and then when you look at the answer it says something like "lol you just lost five minutes of your life!"  Good job, op.  This was interesting.
I was really suspicious because I thought this would be one of those things that you spend time thinking about and then when you look at the answer it says something like "lol you just lost five minutes of your life!" Good job, op. This was interesting.
#37 - chuffberry ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
they all shake their heads violently back and forth until the hats fall off in front of them. they all call out their hat colors and ask to go home. the executioner gets pissed and puts the hats back on, this time with duct tape, and makes them do it again.
they all shake their heads violently back and forth until the hats fall off in front of them. they all call out their hat colors and ask to go home. the executioner gets pissed and puts the hats back on, this time with duct tape, and makes them do it again.
#13 - Womens Study Major (07/07/2014) [+] (1 reply)
This is not a question.
#19 to #13 - zyketor (07/07/2014) [-]
Hence why it says "riddle" in the title.
User avatar #71 - samxdaxman (07/08/2014) [-]
A calls out "Green" and gets everyone shot.

Because A is an asshole.
#75 - samoaspider (07/08/2014) [+] (1 reply)
if it was up to me, everybody would just get shot
if it was up to me, everybody would just get shot
#69 - jowiman (07/08/2014) [-]
If B and C were the same colour, D would know what he had and call it.

He doesn't call anything, so C knows he has a different hat to B.

C calls black and everyone lives
User avatar #68 - bothemastaofall (07/08/2014) [-]
It's unsolvable. C could solve it if C knew D existed, but for all C knows, D could be on the other side of the wall.
User avatar #16 - mustakraklsh ONLINE (07/07/2014) [+] (8 replies)
C knows his hat is black.

He can see that the man in front of him has a white hat, and if his hat were white, D would have already deduced that his hat is white. He also knows (stated in the riddle) that there are four hats, two white and two black.

Since D has not already spoken up, and since the man in front of him has a white hat, he can only have a black hat.

I like these, make more.
#47 - halfdemon (07/08/2014) [-]
i thought i had it solved when i figured that the wall between A and B was between them but further in the background so it isnt blocking A's view. felt foolish when i read the answer
User avatar #7 - shamrockd (07/07/2014) [+] (4 replies)
Man D sees one white, and one black hat in front of him. He has no idea if his hat is black or white. Man C has to realize that if Man D knew what color his hat was, he would call out. If Man D doesn't know what color his hat is, then he must see one of each color of hat. So Man C knows that, since Man D doesn't know what color his own hat is, C's hat must be the opposite color of B's hat. C sees that B's hat is white, so C knows his own hat must be black.
User avatar #85 - whereistherumgone (07/08/2014) [-]
The desc. is slightly misleading. Supposedly, if they are in a straight line and can't move, D can only see the back of C, and has no idea what colour B's hat is.
User avatar #84 - thedungeonmaster ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
I liked this. Can we start doing more riddles and things like this?
User avatar #81 - uncledick (07/08/2014) [-]
B, C, and D can move their heads around really fast, causing their hats to fall off. They then can tell each other what color hats they have. Then, hey can yell to A the color of their hats.

Did I win?
#64 - Womens Study Major (07/08/2014) [-]
A, B and C survive. D has a 50/50 chance.
#57 - barstoolninja ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
Secret option: The 3 guys on the right all team up and beat up the executioner. The other guy gets left behind.
User avatar #4 - aximil (07/07/2014) [+] (2 replies)
A friend sent me a link to a lot of things like this a few years back and this was one of them. Took me a long time to get it, but I did end up getting it.
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