Word Problems K11There are three goddesses named Mendax, Fidelis and Furtibus; one on your left, one on your right, and one in front. You do not know which is which. Fidelis always answers correctly. Mendax only answers falsely. Furtibus always answers in a way intended to best hide its identity.

You must determine which goddess is which using the minimum number of YES/NO questions. Each question is heard and answered by all three goddesses. That counts as one question.

How many questions do you need to ask in order to be certain?

[You should ideally think up actual questions before answering!]

Author : Leslie Green

Inspired by G. Boolos. 'The hardest logic puzzle ever', The Harvard Review of Philosophy (6), 1996.