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• Thank you Sarada. No, I have not lain awake at night pondering this - I only stumbled on the thread of the muffin post when looking for something on the
Message 1 of 12 , Nov 1, 2005
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Thank you Sarada. No, I have not lain awake at night pondering this -
I only stumbled on the thread of the muffin post when looking for
something on the Inspiration Group. Then I realized, "Hey, we never
finished this! I wonder what the answer actually was..."

I have to say, I am not convinced either. Sounds a bit like hedging
one's bets to say, "I am thinking of a number between two and three."
Dan could reply, "Yeah, sure, two and one half?" Then he could walk
away with a slight smirk (slight because I imagine he is essentially a
polite person) and keep all the muffins for himself.

I do thank you however. I find it intriguing when someone answers a
post and I had no idea that person was even reading messages here -
your noble self being a case in point.

Niriha

>
>
> Hi Niriha, well this is the answer apparently (from some puzzle web-
> site).. I don't really get it myself but I thought I would put you
> out of your misery. I guess they mean some number which is greater
> than or equal to 2, but below 3. Hmm.. Not convinced.
>
>
>
> ----------
> Answer: The question we asked was, "I'm thinking of a number between
> two and three. Is my number higher than yours?"
>
> If Dan answers "yes", then we know that his number is 1.
>
> If Dan answers "no", then we know that his number is 3.
>
> If Dan answers "I don't know", then we know that his number is 2.
>
>
>
>
>
> --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, niriha7
> >
> > Dear Durba,
> >
> > What was the correct answer or in this case the correct question to
> > determine the number of the muffin?!! See post #14287
> >
> >
> >
> > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, abhinabha
> > >
> > > The question is:
> > >
> > > Do faxed bananas taste better than fresh limes?
> > >
> > > Naturally, if the answer is no, the number has to be 1.
> > > Otherwise it is 2.
> > > Number 3 has never had anything to do with faxed bananas.
> > >
> > > If you don't believe me, go and ask Nayak.
> > >
> > > Abhinabha
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, niriha7
> > > > Actually Dharmaja,
> > > >
> > > > You offered the question, "Is the number an even number that is
> > > > greater than one?" The phrase "greater than one" has no
> bearing on
> > > the
> > > > answer since there is only one even number. If he
> replies, "No" to
> > > > your question obviously it will not be the number 2 but you
> still
> > > have
> > > > to guess whether it is the number 1 or 3.
> > > >
> > > > If he is asked, "Is the number an odd number greater than
> one?" and
> > > he
> > > > replies no, you still do not know if it is 1 or 2. He could
> say no
> > > > because 2 is an even number or he could say no because 1
> though an
> > > odd
> > > > number is not greater than one. It still has to be narrowed
> down.
> > > > Durba said one question would yield the answer. Niriha
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, dharmaja
> > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> > > > > The question should be:
> > > > >
> > > > > Is the number an even number that is greater than 1?
> > > > >
> > > > > Dharmaja
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, durba_l
> > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> > > > > > Recently Dan Liebke, our Director of Statistics, got our
> mouths
> > > all
> > > > > > watering the other day when he was offering delicious home-
> > > baked
> > > > > > muffins that he had cooked himself the day before.
> However, we
> > > > > > realised that, as with all Dan's freebies, there were
> strings
> > > > > > attached.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > "I'm thinking of an integer from 1 to 3 (inclusive)," he
> > > > > > announced. "If you can tell me the number, you'll get a
> muffin.
> > > So
> > > > > > you've got a 1 in 3 chance of getting one."
> > > > > >
> > > > > > There was a general uproar over this and cries of unfair
> and we
> > > > > > demanded that he at least give us a hint. "All right, all
> > > right,"
> > > > > Dan
> > > > > > said. "I'll be a bit more generous. You can ask me one yes-
> or-
> > > no
> > > > > > answer question."
> > > > > >
> > > > > > We all looked at each other in befuddlement until Paul
> > > said, "Oh,
> > > > > > hang on, I know what question to ask." He then passed this
> > > question
> > > > > > on to the rest of us.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Well . . . once we had that, we quickly cleaned Dan out of
> all
> > > his
> > > > > > muffins. What was the question that we asked him that told
> us
> > > which
> > > > > > number he was thinking of?
> > >
> >
>
• Hello again, Niriha. I have to confess that I haven t looked at the site for a while. The funny thing was that the muffin question was around last time I
Message 1 of 12 , Nov 10, 2005
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Hello again, Niriha.

I have to confess that I haven't looked at the site for a while.
The funny thing was that the muffin question was around last time I
looked. And then when I came back to the site, there were those
muffins again.. I always love anything to do with numbers (sad, I
know) so I was looking for some clever answer but there actually
wasn't one really, it was sortof fudged.

Anyway.

I guess that's enough with the muffins.

Hope everyone is well!

--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, niriha7
>
> Thank you Sarada. No, I have not lain awake at night pondering
this -
> I only stumbled on the thread of the muffin post when looking for
> something on the Inspiration Group. Then I realized, "Hey, we
never
> finished this! I wonder what the answer actually was..."
>
> I have to say, I am not convinced either. Sounds a bit like
hedging
> one's bets to say, "I am thinking of a number between two and
three."
> Dan could reply, "Yeah, sure, two and one half?" Then he could
walk
> away with a slight smirk (slight because I imagine he is
essentially a
> polite person) and keep all the muffins for himself.
>
> I do thank you however. I find it intriguing when someone answers a
> post and I had no idea that person was even reading messages here -
> your noble self being a case in point.
>
> Niriha
>
>
>
>
> >
> >
> > Hi Niriha, well this is the answer apparently (from some puzzle
web-
> > site).. I don't really get it myself but I thought I would put
you
> > out of your misery. I guess they mean some number which is
greater
> > than or equal to 2, but below 3. Hmm.. Not convinced.
> >
> >
> >
> > ----------
> > Answer: The question we asked was, "I'm thinking of a number
between
> > two and three. Is my number higher than yours?"
> >
> > If Dan answers "yes", then we know that his number is 1.
> >
> > If Dan answers "no", then we know that his number is 3.
> >
> > If Dan answers "I don't know", then we know that his number is 2.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, niriha7
> > >
> > > Dear Durba,
> > >
> > > What was the correct answer or in this case the correct
question to
> > > determine the number of the muffin?!! See post #14287
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, abhinabha
> > > >
> > > > The question is:
> > > >
> > > > Do faxed bananas taste better than fresh limes?
> > > >
> > > > Naturally, if the answer is no, the number has to be 1.
> > > > Otherwise it is 2.
> > > > Number 3 has never had anything to do with faxed bananas.
> > > >
> > > > If you don't believe me, go and ask Nayak.
> > > >
> > > > Abhinabha
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, niriha7
> > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> > > > > Actually Dharmaja,
> > > > >
> > > > > You offered the question, "Is the number an even number
that is
> > > > > greater than one?" The phrase "greater than one" has no
> > bearing on
> > > > the
> > > > > answer since there is only one even number. If he
> > replies, "No" to
> > > > > your question obviously it will not be the number 2 but
you
> > still
> > > > have
> > > > > to guess whether it is the number 1 or 3.
> > > > >
> > > > > If he is asked, "Is the number an odd number greater than
> > one?" and
> > > > he
> > > > > replies no, you still do not know if it is 1 or 2. He
could
> > say no
> > > > > because 2 is an even number or he could say no because 1
> > though an
> > > > odd
> > > > > number is not greater than one. It still has to be
narrowed
> > down.
> > > > > Durba said one question would yield the answer. Niriha
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, dharmaja
> > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> > > > > > The question should be:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Is the number an even number that is greater than 1?
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Dharmaja
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, durba_l
> > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> > > > > > > Recently Dan Liebke, our Director of Statistics, got
our
> > mouths
> > > > all
> > > > > > > watering the other day when he was offering delicious
home-
> > > > baked
> > > > > > > muffins that he had cooked himself the day before.
> > However, we
> > > > > > > realised that, as with all Dan's freebies, there were
> > strings
> > > > > > > attached.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > "I'm thinking of an integer from 1 to 3 (inclusive),"
he
> > > > > > > announced. "If you can tell me the number, you'll get
a
> > muffin.
> > > > So
> > > > > > > you've got a 1 in 3 chance of getting one."
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > There was a general uproar over this and cries of
unfair
> > and we
> > > > > > > demanded that he at least give us a hint. "All right,
all
> > > > right,"
> > > > > > Dan
> > > > > > > said. "I'll be a bit more generous. You can ask me one
yes-
> > or-
> > > > no
> > > > > > > answer question."
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > We all looked at each other in befuddlement until Paul
> > > > said, "Oh,
> > > > > > > hang on, I know what question to ask." He then passed
this
> > > > question
> > > > > > > on to the rest of us.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > Well . . . once we had that, we quickly cleaned Dan
out of
> > all
> > > > his
> > > > > > > muffins. What was the question that we asked him that
told
> > us
> > > > which
> > > > > > > number he was thinking of?
> > > >
> > >
> >
>
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