I am confused. If all the eggs weight the same how can you determine heavier or lighter?

Al,

This riddle is not only a difficult one, explaining it on the forum is more difficult that if would be if I were face to face with you. Perhaps if I say that the eggs are just imagery ones would help.

Let's suppose that I were face to face with you Al and I said, "Imagine that you have 12 eggs, physically that look to all be exactly alike. Now imagine that one of them is his not of the same weight as the other eleven, you, in your mind decide which one you want to be the egg that is different and whether it is heavy or light. Don't tell me which egg it is.

At that point I would draw a balance scale on a piece of paper and arrange the eggs or part of the eggs on the balance scale according to the the method that I had figured out. Once done I would ask you if the scales balanced, or if the right side went up or down. Once you told me, I'd rearrange the eggs for the second weighing and on paper and ask again what the scales do. The information that I get from the first two weighing would tell what with last weighing and I would know the answer.

When the time right and you give up, I think that I can do the deal via PM, but let's give you some more time to chew on it. As I have said before, nobody has been able to figure it out in over fifty years. I have no idea how many people I have proposed the riddle to, Again, I can assure you that the method used to find the egg is faily simple, but you do have to llthink.

Hope this helps, I happy that you are working on it, most people just give up early as they have better things to do, you have to be rather analytical to want to spend time working on the answer. You should be able to figure it our in your head if you hve the abiity to visualize things in your head.

Jerry