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Virpi Luukkonen (Virpi)
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 - 7:41 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A king had a beautiful daughter whom many knights wanted to marry. The king, however, wanted to put the knights to a test before giving her daughter's hand to any one of them. The knights were to go to a dragon's cave and kill the dragon. However, this dragon was a tough case. When it was decapitated, seven new heads would grow in the place of the original head, and if any of the new heads were cut off, seven further heads would grow, etc. One brave knight was able to defeat the dragon, however. How?
Steve Wort (Wizardofnz)
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 - 8:36 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Uh... he stabbed it in the heart?
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 - 8:53 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Strangulation?
Dynamite?
Virpi Luukkonen (Virpi)
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 - 9:19 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ok, Ok,
******** SPOILER *************
he stabbed it in the heart, yes
:-)

...

Let's make it a bit more difficult:

Stabbing the dragon's heart cannot kill it, as it would melt the sword/other weapon/bullet. Dynamite hasn't yet been invented. Strangulation is also out of the question.
Lynne (Lynne)
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 - 9:33 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

He told the dragon a lateral puzzle which he couldn't solve and this fried his brain?
Virpi Luukkonen (Virpi)
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 - 9:43 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

He told the dragon a lateral puzzle which he couldn't solve and this fried his brain? No
Ed Mason (Logician)
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 - 11:07 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

He buries it, so that it can't escape?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 - 11:46 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he poison the dragon ?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 - 11:56 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the dragon have an allergy ? (peanuts ???)
Virpi Luukkonen (Virpi)
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 - 12:38 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

He buries it, so that it can't escape? No, he doesn't bury it.
Did he poison the dragon ? No
Did the dragon have an allergy ? (peanuts ???) No
Ian (Image)
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 - 1:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the dragon die of suffocation? Trauma? Bleeding? Being stabbed elsewhere? Burns? Hypo/hyperthermia?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 - 3:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the Dragon die a natural death (i.e draw its terminal breath as per Monty Python) ???
Alizon (Alizon)
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 - 6:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he burn off the dragon's heads instead of cutting them?
Virpi Luukkonen (Virpi)
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 - 6:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the dragon die of suffocation? No Trauma? No Bleeding? No Being stabbed elsewhere? No Burns? No Hypo/hyperthermia? No

Did the Dragon die a natural death (i.e draw its terminal breath as per Monty Python) ??? No, though I am not sure of what happened in Monty Python

Did he burn off the dragon's heads instead of cutting them? No
Ed Mason (Logician)
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 - 11:57 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he use a relevant weapon? A sword?

How long did he spent with the dragon, before it was defeated? Seconds? Minutes? Hours? Days? Weeks? Months? Years?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2005 - 12:06 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the dragon really die ?
Were any other animals involved ?
Virpi Luukkonen (Virpi)
Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2005 - 6:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he use a relevant weapon? A sword? Yes, he used a sword.

How long did he spent with the dragon, before it was defeated? Seconds? This one Minutes? Hours? Days? Weeks? Months? Years? *He* didn't have to spend many seconds, but the dragon was not defeated immediately.

Did the dragon really die ? Yes
Were any other animals involved ? No
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2005 - 6:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he trap it in an enclosed space, cut off a few heads, and wait until it grew enough new heads to crush itself to death?
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2005 - 7:10 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No, wait, that wouldn't work... *slaps forehead*
Did he cut off a few heads, then trap it in the cave while escaping himself, then wait for it to crush itself?
Virpi Luukkonen (Virpi)
Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2005 - 9:20 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

>Did he trap it in an enclosed space, cut off a few heads, and wait until it grew enough new heads to crush itself to death?
>No, wait, that wouldn't work... *slaps forehead*
Did he cut off a few heads, then trap it in the cave while escaping himself, then wait for it to crush itself?

Congrats! You're close enough, even if I thought some minor details differently, so that we can conclude this puzzle for good -

********* SPOILER ************
The knight went into the dragon's cave and cut out a few of the heads until the dragon was unable to squeeze out of the cave (through the cave mouth) anymore, because of its grown size (=number of heads). The dragon ultimately died of hunger.

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