Solve Our Stumper and WIN WIN WIN!!!

The first two clever and lucky brainiacs will each win a pair of tickets!!!That’s four, count ’em, four, tickets in all!!

Save the Deli!



And win a pair of free tickets to:

In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen

Wednesday, October 21, 7 pm

Sixth & I
600 I Street, NW – Washington, DC 20001

(Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown)

And now…. the stumper!

Put on your thinking caps and sharpen your Black Warrior.


A vegetarian sailor is shipwrecked but manages to swim to a nearby island. He knows that on this island are two groups of natives: The cheese sandwich eaters who always tell the truth, and the ham sandwich eaters who always lie.

He stumbles onto the beach at night, barely alive, and bumps into an islander. Nearly starved, the sailor is looking for a cheese sandwich.  He asks the islander if he is a vegetarian or not. The man mumbles a response that the sailor can’t make out, so he asks again. To the sailor’s left, another man responds “He said he’s a cheese sandwich eater, but he’s not.” Then from the sailor’s right a woman calls out “No, he said he’s a ham sandwich eater, but he’s not. ”

What dietary rules do all three of these islanders follow? Which ones eat cheese sandwiches and which ones eat ham sandwiches? From whom can the vegetarian sailor get a bite to eat?


Work it out – QUICK – and get back to me asap. The first correct answer wins a pair of tickets to:

In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen

An Evening with David Sax

As a life-long deli obsessive, David Sax was understandably alarmed by the state of Jewish delicatessen – a cuisine that once sat at the very center of Jewish life had become endangered by assimilation and health food trends. And so Sax set out on a journey around the world in search of authentic delicatessen. As chronicled in his new book, Sax investigates everything deli – how it’s made, who makes it best, and where to go for particular dishes.

Sax will speak about how Jewish people view deli cuisine in relation to their health, weight, and bodies. Todd KlimanFood and Wine Editor and Restaurant Critic for The Washingtonian, will interview Sax to uncover if it is still possible to save the deli. Join this rallying cry for a new generation of food lovers, and sample some classic deli fare while you’re at it.



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9 responses to “Solve Our Stumper and WIN WIN WIN!!!

  1. Hey, Lisa — if they all follow the same dietary rules, then they all eat ham — but I can’t attend the event, so please pass my tix on to the next person!


  2. Lisa, with Rickys help, we think we got it:

    – Everyone must say they eat cheese, because cheese eaters tell the truth, and ham eater lie.
    – The 2nd speaker said that the mumbler said he eat ham, which is impossible. No one would say that. So the woman is a liar and is a ham eater.
    – This makes the woman’s 2nd statement a lie, meaning the mumbler is a ham sandwich eater too.
    – Therefore, the male speaker says that the person eats cheese but doesn’t is truthful. He is the only safe person to take a sandwich from.

  3. The guy on the left is a ham eater.
    The lady on the right is a cheese eater.
    The mumbler is a cheese eater.

  4. All cheese eaters.

  5. Long story short: They all SAY they are cheese eaters. Cheese eaters are truthful (on the island, not everywhere necessarily), and ham eaters lie (on the island, not everywhere necessarily). There.

    We have pastrami sandwich winners among us. Stay tuned for the exciting post to come!

  6. Thank you to all contestants! I was breathless from the suspense.

  7. correresponent cynthia

    I finally read this (really I was looking to see if there might be a post for Ellen’s shower). But now I have to weigh in.

    Aaron is right.

    The mumbler and the lady on the right are ham eaters. The man on the left is a truthful cheese eater.

    But the answer I really want to give is “he’s a sailor, he takes a sandwich from the person with the biggest breasts.”

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