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Clycking
Posted on Thursday, July 06, 2006 - 4:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A man took his horse across a river to escape death from an attacking elephant. Although elephants are known to be good swimmers, the elephant did not give chase. Why?

I've just started visiting these boards - thought that posing a question might be nice, since most of the puzzles here seem to start with statements.

Hope to learn as much as I can here! =)
Sam Greene (Pandora)
Posted on Thursday, July 06, 2006 - 4:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi and welcome to the forum :)

Okay man = adult human male? horse = large pony type thing? Elephant = large grey mammal?

Relevant where the river was geographically?
Was the elephant scared of the river? Was there something in the river which put the elephant off following the man? i.e. a strong current? Did the elephant have any young with them?
rebecca kreisler (Beccaann)
Posted on Thursday, July 06, 2006 - 5:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

did he actually cross through the water? or across a bridge? if a bridge, was it too narrow for the elephant?
Clycking (Clycking)
Posted on Friday, July 07, 2006 - 3:13 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Man = adult human male? Yes.
Horse = large pony type thing? No.
Elephant = large grey mammal? No.

Relevant where the river was geographically? No.
Was the elephant scared of the river? No.
Was there something in the river which put the elephant off following the man? i.e. a strong current? No.
Did the elephant have any young with them? No.

Did he actually cross through the water? No.
Or across a bridge? No.
If a bridge, was it too narrow for the elephant? See above.
Kitral Solane (Solane)
Posted on Friday, July 07, 2006 - 3:45 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

River as in real body of water?
Were you playing some sort of bored game?(Jumanji jumps to mind.)
Kitral Solane (Solane)
Posted on Friday, July 07, 2006 - 3:46 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I meant, was the man playing a game?
Steve Wort (Wizardofnz)
Posted on Friday, July 07, 2006 - 4:18 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Civ II also springs to mind.
Clycking (Clycking)
Posted on Friday, July 07, 2006 - 7:06 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

River as in real body of water? No.
Was the man playing a game? Yes.
Kitral Solane (Solane)
Posted on Friday, July 07, 2006 - 2:07 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A board game?
Clycking (Clycking)
Posted on Friday, July 07, 2006 - 2:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A board game? Yes.
Haenlomal (Haenlomal)
Posted on Friday, July 07, 2006 - 5:20 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chinese chess?
Clycking (Clycking)
Posted on Friday, July 07, 2006 - 5:46 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chinese chess? Gosh darn, that was fast. =p

************* SPOILER **************
The man was playing Chinese chess, where the elephant pieces cannot cross the river.

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