# Riddle: You come to a fork in the road

Mar 03, 2021
There is a guard standing at each fork. Source: Getty

You stand at a fork in the road.

Next to each of the two forks, there stands a guard.

You know the following things: first that one path leads to paradise, while the other leads to death, but you cannot distinguish between the two paths.

You also know that one of the two guards always tells the truth and the other always lies.

You have permission to ask one guard one question to discover which path leads to paradise.

What one question would you ask to guarantee you take the path to paradise?

Ask one of the guards, ‘Which door would the other guard say leads to paradise?’

If you ask the truthful guard, he will say the lying guard would say the wrong door. If you ask the lying guard, he would say the truthful guard would pick the wrong door as well (since he’s lying). So, no matter what, you could choose the door opposite of what they say and you’ll end up in paradise!

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