What would you do ? (18) The Puzzle

I used to buy “Boys’ World”, and this was mainly for the front cover which always featured a kind of puzzle. It was called “What would you do ?” and was based on somebody being in what Ned Flanders would call “A dilly of a pickle”. Here’s the situation:


The Orange Box sets the scene, and the task is for you to solve the situation.

And let me add, the Orange Arrow is over-the-moon to see his eldest son, “Yob” or “Young Orange Box”, becoming involved in the world of blogging. Anyway, perhaps you might like to write your idea in the “Comments” section.

What can he do?? Good luck with this one ! It’s certainly a dilly of a pickle, although you are helped by a clue in the picture.



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16 responses to “What would you do ? (18) The Puzzle

  1. GP

    If he didn’t have a nice juicy steak on him, I wish him luck. (But I know you have the answer.)

    • He’s going to need luck! In actual fact, relatively few prisoners made it back to freedom, and many of the people who helped them on the outside, were shot by the Germans.
      Modern research has shown that only 2-3% of prisoners tried to escape, and 20%-30% were willing to help them in just minor ways, such as keepimg a look out.
      Nowadays, the thinking is that many of the captured men were suffering from PTSD, especially the aircrew.

  2. I am not sure why there would be a lemon tree in Nazi occupied Europe but that is the answer. Lemon juice is toxic to dogs so the escapee has to pick a few, squeeze them and cover his tracks.

  3. There aren’t many choices here except to hope that he has enough of a lead on the dogs that they can’t catchup to him. Somethings he might do: Climb a tree and swing/jump through nearby trees.

    Next stop and run in a big circle several times to leave a large area with your scent to confuse the dogs and buy time to get away.

    Find an obstacle that dogs can’t cross – deep water, climb a wall/cliff/ …

    If the man was able to steel some meat or something the dogs would eat he might distract the dogs with a false sent long enough to out run them.

    • You’ve obviously thought about this a great deal but the weakness of this particular puzzle is that if you don’t recognise the lemons growing on those lemon trees, and also know that lemons are harmful to dogs, then it is impossible to solve it.
      So, I’m sorry to say, it’s close but no cigar!!

  4. I think that Andrew Petcher might be on to something with the lemon juice.

    • Yes, he is, and that is the correct answer.
      There is a slight weakness on the part of the comic and that is that the Germans did not really have any prison camps where lemons would have grown.
      Whatever the truth of that one though, it’s well done, Andrew, despite a slight historical error on the part of “Boys’ World”.

  5. We’ll I was thrown off track (sorry) but thought the tree had something to do with it. Not until I read the answer did i even realise it was a lemon tree, or it’s toxicity to dogs. Back to observational school it is for me then!

    • I must admit that I did not realise that lemons were toxic to dogs although I did recognise that they were lemon trees, and guessed that it was something to do with that.
      To be 100% honest, though, this was one of a small number of puzzles that I could not do myself. Thank goodness I had the answer!

  6. I love these posts, John. Andrew is awesome for knowing that lemon trees are toxic to dogs. Well done! I learn something new every day.

    • Yes, he’s done extremely well there. I knew that chocolate would kill them if given in sufficient quantities, but I hadn’t realised the same wass true for lemons.

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