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English Riddles

"She who laughs last,
laughs best!"

"Laughter is the
best medicine."

"Laugh and the world laughs with you, trip over a big bag of garbage and fall on the sidewalk breaking a bone or two and you fall alone!"

Challenging Riddle Six: A Riddle with a Rhyme

Question: A man was to be sentenced, and the judge told him, "You may make a statement. If it is true, I'll sentence you to four years in prison. If it is false, I'll sentence you to six years in prison." After the man made his statement, the judge decided to let him go free. What did the man say?  

Hint: A "sentence" is the judge's decision - how much time must the man spend in prison? This is a very challenging puzzle, but if you think about the judge's words, you can get a clue about the answer. After you think about it, look at the bottom of the page for the answer...

Answer: The man said, "You'll sentence me to six years in prison" .

Explanation: If this statement was true, then the judge would have to make it false by sentencing him to four years. If it was false, then the judge would have to give him six years, which would make it true. Rather than contradict (go against) his own promise, the judge set the man free. Got it?

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