Sunday, December 2, 2018

Movie riddles:

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I came across the riddle from the film Mirrormask, quite funny, and it made me think of some other movie riddles . . . 
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Mirrormask: 


In the 2005 film Mirrormask, in a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a fifteen-year-old girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home. In one scene, she riddles the Gryphon: 

Helena: What’s green, hangs on the wall and whistles? 
The Gryphon ponders and ponders. 
Helena: Riddle? Riddle. So have you thought of an answer yet? 
Gryphon: You can't pass. I give up, I think, no wait, wait... Fine. What's the answer? 
Helena: Okay. It's a herring. 
Gryphon: But a herring isn't green. 
Helena: You can paint it green. 
Gryphon: But a herring doesn't hang on a wall. 
Helena: You can nail it to a wall. 
Gryphon: But a herring doesn't whistle! 
Helena: Oh, come on. I just put that in to stop it from being too obvious. 
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail: 


True aficionados of Monty Python humour, such as myself, will be able to quote each incident and line in Monty Python movies. Here is the riddle scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail when King Arthur and his knights seek to cross the Bridge of Death: 

Bridgekeeper: Stop. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see. 
Sir Lancelot: Ask me the questions, bridgekeeper. I am not afraid. 
Bridgekeeper: What... is your name? 
Sir Lancelot: My name is Sir Lancelot of Camelot. 
Bridgekeeper: What... is your quest? 
Sir Lancelot: To seek the Holy Grail. 
Bridgekeeper: What... is your favourite colour? 
Sir Lancelot: Blue. 
Bridgekeeper: Go on. Off you go. 
Sir Lancelot: Oh, thank you. Thank you very much. 
Sir Robin: That's easy. 
Bridgekeeper: Stop. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see. 
Sir Robin: Ask me the questions, bridgekeeper. I'm not afraid. 
Bridgekeeper: What... is your name? 
Sir Robin: Sir Robin of Camelot. 
Bridgekeeper: What... is your quest? 
Sir Robin: To seek the Holy Grail. 
Bridgekeeper: What... is the capital of Assyria? 
[pause] 
Sir Robin: I don't know that. 
[he is thrown over the edge into the volcano] 
Sir Robin: Auuuuuuuugh. 
Bridgekeeper: Stop. What... is your name? 
Galahad: Sir Galahad of Camelot. 
Bridgekeeper: What... is your quest? 
Galahad: I seek the Grail. 
Bridgekeeper: What... is your favourite colour? 
Galahad: Blue. No, yel... 
[he is also thrown over the edge] 
Galahad: auuuuuuuugh. 
Bridgekeeper: Hee hee heh. Stop. What... is your name? 
King Arthur: It is 'Arthur', King of the Britons. 
Bridgekeeper: What... is your quest? 
King Arthur: To seek the Holy Grail. 
Bridgekeeper: What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? 
King Arthur: What do you mean? An African or European swallow? 
Bridgekeeper: Huh? I... I don't know that. 
[he is thrown over] 
Bridgekeeper: Auuuuuuuugh. 
Sir Bedevere: How do know so much about swallows? 
King Arthur: Well, you have to know these things when you're a king, you know. 
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Labyrinth: 


I love this flick - You remind me of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power. What power? Power of voodoo. Who do? You do. Do what? Remind me of the babe - and I love David Bowie as the Goblin King, even if his tights are a tad off, especially in film that is targeted at children. 


Sarah must escape through one of 2 doors, one door giving her escape, the other certain death. Each door has a guard and she is allowed only one question. One guard always tells the truth and one always lies . . . 

Guards: “The only way out of here is to try one of these doors.” 
“One of them leads to the castle in the centre of the Labyrinth. And the other one leads to… bumBumBUMBUMMM… Certain Death!” 
“Ooooohhhhh!” 
Sarah: “Which one is which?” 
Guard: “Ehh, we can’t tell you.” 
Sarah: “Why not?” 
Guards: “Umm, (mumbles a bit) we don’t know. But they do.” (Referring to other guards.) 
Sarah: “Oh, then I’ll ask them.” 
Guards: “Uh, no. You can’t ask us. You can only ask one of us.” 
“Mm-hm, it’s in the rules. And I should warn you that one of us always tells the truth, and one of us always lies. That’s a rule too, he always lies.” 
“I do not! I tell the truth!” 
“Oooh, what a lie!” (snickering and laughing) 
Sarah: “Alright, answer yes or no. Would he [the opposite guard] tell me that this door leads to the castle?” 
Guard: (mumbles to his cohort then answers) “Yes..” 
Sarah: “Then, the other door leads to the castle, and this door leads to certain dea
Guard: “Ooooh, how do you know? He could be telling the truth.” 
Sarah: “But then you wouldn’t be. So, if you told me that he said ‘yes’ i know the answer is no.” 
Guard: “But I could be telling the truth!” 
Sarah: “But then he would be lying. So, if you told me that he said ‘yes’ I know the answer would still be no.” 
Guards: “Wait a minute, is that right?” 
Both: “I don’t know, I never understood it.” 

Okay, I’ve never understood it either, mainly because I couldn’t be bothered working it out. That’s why I hate Sudoku and stuff like that. But I’ve now worked it out, for you, dear readers . . . 

To solve the puzzle, you must ask one guard (it doesn’t matter which one) which door the other guard would say leads out. Both guards will indicate the same door, which will be the door that doesn’t lead out. 

Further explanation: 
  • Let’s call the doors Safe Door and Death Door . . . 
  • You ask Lying Guard what Honest Guard will say in response to the question “Which door leads out?” Honest Guard would answer honestly and state the correct door, but you’re asking Lying Guard so he will lie to you and tell the wrong door, Death Door. This makes the other door the Safe Door. 
  • If you ask Honest Guard what the other guard will say, Honest Guard will tell you that the other guard, the lying guard, will point you towards Death Door. This makes the other door the Safe Door. 
  • In both cases, the outcome is the same. To stay alive, you must walk through the opposite door you’ve been told. 
Got that? Or did the Goblin King’s tights befuddle you? 
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Die Hard with a Vengeance: 

Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) and Zeus Carver (Samuel L Jackson) have to carry out certain taks set by the criminal mastermind. One task is solving a riddle: 

“As I was going to St. Ives, 
I met a man with seven wives, 
Every wife had seven sacks, 
Every sack had seven cats, 
Every cat has seven kits. 
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, 
How many were going to St. Ives?” 

The answer is: 
ZEUS: No wait, wait. It's a trick. It' a trick. 
JOHN: What, what, what do you mean? 
ZEUS: I forgot about the man. 
JOHN: What man? Fuck the man. We got 10 seconds. 
ZEUS: He said how many were going to St-Ives, right? The riddle begins as I was going to St-Ives, I meet a man with 7 wives. The guy and his wives aren't going anywhere. 
JOHN: What are they doing? 
ZEUS: Sitting on a fucking road, waiting on the... How the hell should I know? 
JOHN: Who's going to St-Ives than? 
ZEUS: The guy, just the guy. 
JOHN: Just one guy? 
ZEUS: The answer is one. 

Okay, so in the movie the answer is 1, in that the person asking the question is going to St Ives and meets the others coming from St Ives. But the question was “Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, how many were going to St. Ives?” So the answer should have been none, because the question was how many kits, cats, sacks and wives were going to St Ives. 

McClane and Carver are also given a task given of measuring and filling a jug with exactly 4 gallons of water to place on a bomb to stop the timing mechanism, using only a 3 and 5 gallon jug. 

Die Hard soluction: 
Fill the five gallon jug. 
Fill the three gallon jug from the five gallon jug. 
Empty the three gallon jug. 
Pour the two gallons into the three gallon jug. 
Fill the five gallon jug and pour one gallon from it into the three gallon jug. 
Four gallons remain in the five gallon jug. 

Alternative solution: 
Fill up the 3,pour into the 5. 
Fill up the 3 again and pour into the 5 until full leaving 1 in the 3, 
Pour out all the 5. 
Pour the 1 from the 3 into the 5. 
Fill up the 3 again and pour into the 5 giving you 4. 



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