英语脑筋急转弯 | 一个国王决定让一个囚犯活着逃出监狱

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A king decided to let a prisoner try to escape the prison with his life.
一个国王决定让一个囚犯活着逃出监狱。

The king placed 2 marbles in a jar that was glued to a table. One of the marbles was supposed to be black, and one was supposed to be blue.
国王把2颗弹珠放在一个粘在桌子上的罐子里。其中一颗应该是黑色的,一颗应该是蓝色的。

If the prisoner could pick the blue marble, he would escape the prison with his life. If he picked the black marble, he would be executed.
如果犯人能拿到那块蓝色的弹珠,他将可以活着逃离逃狱。如果他拿到的是黑色弹珠,他将被处死。

However, the king was very mean, and he wickedly placed 2 black marbles in the jars and no blue marbles. The prisoner witnessed the king only putting 2 black marbles in the jars.
然而,国王非常卑鄙,他邪恶地把两个黑色的弹珠放在罐子里,而没有放蓝色的弹珠。囚犯亲眼目睹国王只在罐子里放了两颗黑色的弹珠。

If the jar was not see-through and the jar was glued to the table and that the prisoner was mute so he could not say anything, how did he escape with his life?
如果罐子看不透且粘在桌子上,同时囚犯还是哑巴,什么也说不出来,他是如何活着离开监狱的?

Answer
答案

The prisoner grabbed one of the marbles from the jar and concealed it in his hand.
犯人从罐子里抓起其中一颗弹珠,藏在手里。

He then swallowed it, and picked up the other marble and showed everyone.
然后他把它吞了下去,并拿起另一个弹珠给大家看。

The marble was black, and since the other marble was swallowed, it was assumed to be the blue one.
这颗弹珠是黑色的,而另外一颗由于被吞了,所以推测它是蓝色的。

So the mean king had to set him free.
这样卑鄙的国王不得不释放他。