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Legendary puzzles

More brain than brawn, says the proverb. Indeed, many times we need to exercise our brains, especially in escape rooms. The following legendary puzzles and their solutions have been circulating in the public mind for centuries.
2020.06.24.

More brain than brawn, says the proverb. Indeed, many times we need to exercise our brains, especially in escape rooms. The following legendary puzzles and their solutions have been circulating in the public mind for centuries.

Legendary puzzles

The puzzle of the Sphinx

 

In Greek mythology, the Sphinx is a lion with wings and a female head. His family is strange as well. His brother is the three-headed dog guarding the gate of the underworld, Kerberos, and the invulnerable Nemean lion which was killed by Hercules.

 

According to the story, the Sphinx shocked the inhabitants of Thebes with riddle questions. The game was seriously played. Those who couldn’t answer his question was immediately strangled. Oedipus ended the deadly playing quiz by giving the right solution. And the Sphinx, in shame, threw himself off a cliff and died.

 

That particular puzzle sounded like this: He walks on four feet in the morning, on two feet at noon, and on three feet in the evening. And the solution of Oedipus is the man, who crawls on four legs as a child, walks on two legs as an adult, and walks with a stick in his old age.

 

Which came first, the hen or the egg?

 

The puzzle dates back to the origins of philosophy, with Plato and Aristotle already addressing the issue. They just like the later philosophers saw in it a metaphor for the inexplicable origin and cycle of life, rather than a real problem. Aristotle said that every natural thing carries with it the possibility of taking a certain form. So the hen's egg has the potential to become a hen one day.

Legendary puzzles: Egg or Chicken?

There is, of course, a scientific answer to the question: the egg was first, since reptiles that had previously developed in birds had already laid eggs. If, on the other hand, we redraft the question of whether it was the hen or the hen's egg first, then even the students of liberal art universities cannot answer the puzzle so easily. True, what is true, British scientists argue the exact opposite. We tend to agree with the opinion of the liberal art students more.

 

Egg of Columbus

 

As we talk about eggs, this is an interesting example for the solution to Columbus for a medieval puzzle. As a matter of fact, it is unlikely that the story ever happened to him. According to a 16th-century source, Columbus was a guest of Cardinal Mendoza after his first voyage of discovery. At a dinner held in honor of the famous traveler, the question was raised how to place an egg vertically on a marble table. They tried, they tried, but no one succeeded. Then Columbus slapped the egg on the table with noble simplicity and it stopped.

 

Alexander the Great and the Gordian knot

 

Alexander the Great chose an even more theatrical solution than Columbus when he found himself facing the Gordian knot. According to a prophecy, who can untie the knot will be the lord of Asia. The conqueror looked at the puzzle for a while, then grabbed and cut it in half with his sword, thus short-cutting the complicated problem. Probably the legend was invented by the supporters of Alexander the Great, who, however, really conquered Asia all the way to the Indus River, thus fulfilling the prophecy.

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