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Topic: А и Б сидели на трубе...
Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 6:39:26 AM
Asking for opinion of native English speakers...

My translation of an old Russian puzzle:

А и Б сидели на трубе.
А упало, Б пропало.
Что осталось на трубе?
(Ответ: "и")

A and B sat in the tree.
A had fallen, B was stolen.
What's remaining in the tree?
(Reply: "And", because "A, 'And', B sat in the tree...")

After this, your opponent is asked to guess the second variant:

А и Б сидели на трубе.
А уехал за границу,
Б заболел и лёг в больницу.
Что осталось на трубе?
(Ответ: ничего)

A and B sat in the tree.
A had fallen to the ground,
B became mad and runs around.
What's remaining in the tree?
(Reply: nothing, because: "A had fallen to the ground"; "B became mad and runs around"; "'And' runs around".)

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