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Old 11-07-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Question Fruit Boxes

There are three boxes of fruit. One is labeled "APPLES" another is labeled "ORANGES". The last one is labeled "APPLES AND ORANGES". You know that each is labeled incorrectly. You may ask me to pick one fruit from one box which you choose.

How can you label the boxes correctly?


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All opened. So, what do you think?
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Apples or oranges

I would take a fruit from the box marked both, being that they are all marked incorrectly, the box marked with the fruit picked would then be the box that should be labeled apples and oranges, the remaining box would be the fruit not picked
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The Official Answer

Pick from the one labeled "Apples & Oranges". This box must contain either only apples or only oranges.

E.g. If you find an Orange, label the box Orange, then change the Oranges box to Apples, and the Apples box to "Apples & Oranges"
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