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Can You Solve This Riddle About the Doors to Heaven and Hell?

This riddle doesn't seem like it should be hard, but it's much trickier than it appears. The Heaven and Hell problem was famously included in the movie "Labyrinth," in which Jennifer Connelly's character gives the correct answer (er, the correct question). There are multiple ways to phrase the question, but it will lead you to the right door 100 percent of the time. Scroll down to read the puzzle, and keep scrolling for the answer.

Here's the Puzzle

You're standing between the door to heaven and the door to hell. A guard stands by each door. One guard always tells the truth, and the other always lies. You don't know which guard is which. What one question can you ask a guard to find out which door leads to heaven? Keep scrolling to read the answer.

Here's the Answer

Drumroll, please...

As we mentioned, there are multiple ways to phrase the correct question that will give you the answer you want. You would ask this question: Which door would the other guard say goes to heaven? If you asked the honest guard, that guard will point toward the door to hell, because the other guard would lie. If you asked the lying guard, that guard will point toward the door to hell, because he knows the honest guard would point to the door to heaven. Either way, you will be directed to the door to hell, so you know the one that the guard does not point to is the door to heaven. Did you get it?

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Written by Joanie Faletto August 7, 2017

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