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Mixed Questions of Law and Fact: Thursday, August 21, 2014

Posted by William MacDonald on August 21, 2014

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Huti and Fugu are novice priests in a temple in which everyone always tells the truth. One morning they are brought before the head priest, who explains that some rice is missing from the temple kitchen, and each of them was seen near the kitchen the night before. The head priest asks each novice whether he took some of the rice.
Huti says, “If you are suggesting that it would be untrue for me to deny that someone who accused me of taking the rice was mistaken, then you are incorrect.”
Fugu says, “I took exactly as much rice as would have been left over if I had taken all the rice.”

Who took some of the rice?

  1. Huti only
  2. Fugu only
  3. Both Huti and Fugu
  4. Neither Huti nor Fugu

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