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Camel Race or You Win If You Lose

HS Thomas
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An Arab sheikh tells his two sons to race their camels to a distant city to see who will inherit his fortune. The one whose camel is slower will win. The brothers, after wandering aimlessly for days, ask a wise man for advice. After hearing the advice they jump on the camels and race as fast as they can to the city.
What does the wise man say?
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Uncle Alec's will read that the two remaining heirs Polly and William, must stage a horse race, and the family inheritance would go to the heir that owned the losing horse. The trainer speculated that with these rules,
the race might never end. But the art of the deal ran deep in the family veins and between them Polly and William managed to agree on a plan that would ensure a good, sportsmanlike race.
What plan did they decide on to accomplish this ?
Dmitry Melnik
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How about running the race, and then sharing the prize (equally)?
HS Thomas
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No the race had to be won fair and square. Interesting how they chose siblings for the problem.
Dmitry Melnik
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How about switching the camals? I mean one drives the camal which another owns (and vise versa).
HS Thomas
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Each rider would need to beat the mount by the other in order to collect the inheritance. The will referred to the OWNER of the losing camel/horse not the rider, as the inheritor.
So what clue gave it away ? And completely devoid of sibling rivalry, perhaps ?
[ February 16, 2004: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]
Dmitry Melnik
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They should start shopping for crippled camals for each other then
 
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