Engineer's Puzzle

The Puzzle: Bear with us…

This month’s puzzle is less of an exercise in applying mathematics to find a solution, and more one about creative and abstract thinking. The riddle allegedly comes from the genius creative and abstract thinker, Albert Einstein. He is said to have come up with this riddle to challenge and entertain his scholars. If you don’t know it, it is a great one.

The riddle goes like this:

A fellow encountered a bear in a wasteland. There was nobody else there. Both were frightened and ran away. Fellow to the north, bear to the west. Suddenly the fellow stopped, aimed his gun to the south and shot the bear. What colour was the bear?

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Justin Cunningham

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