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Colored Hats

Three students -- Alfred, Beth, and Carla -- are blindfolded and told that either a red or a green hat will be placed on each of them. After this is done, the blindfolds are removed; the students are asked to raise a hand if they see a red hat, and to leave the room as soon as they are sure of the color of their own hat. All three hats happen to be red, so all three students raise a hand. Several minutes go by until Carla, who is more astute than the others, leaves the room. How did she deduce the color of her hat?

Carl Lee
Wed Apr 21 08:26:07 EDT 1999