Red, green, blue.
Blue, green, purple.
Red, yellow, green, purple.
Blue, yellow, green, red.
She doesn't get it instantly.
He's going to think she's very stupid, and then she's going to die, and -
Okay, calm down. She is, objectively, too stupid to do this perfectly. She is not so stupid she's already dead. She's going to have to do her best with the amount of intelligence that she has, knowing it isn't enough, and hoping that she can patch the difference with arbitrary material resources.
It's not really a puzzle, even though he's colored it. You have to add a bunch of assumptions to get anywhere, and - and since it's a language they should be language sorts of assumptions, like that in most sentences the nouns and the verbs and the connecting words only have a certain number of orders they can be placed in, instead of if it were a math puzzle where the key thing might be what each line added up to, or if they were spell symbols where the important thing would be the resonance -
All four 'sentences' have green in them. It'd be very stupid to assert that a rule of Chinese is that sentences have green in them, but - but it might be a common word, 'a' or 'the' - in which case its placement in the proposed sentence 1 and 3 looks suspicious, it's not in the middle of the word like in all the examples -
Blue and red are beginning-words, purple and blue and red are all acceptable ending words. Yellow precedes green.
Blue, yellow, green, red is a valid string. Blue, yellow, green, purple is a proposed string. It looks like...clearly the best of the proposed strings, when she's thinking about it like this? But is it at all sane to be thinking about it like this, is she just following one of a hundred possible threads of thought which point different directions -
- but she doesn't think she is. Red green blue. Red greens blue; some relationship exists between red and blue. Blue greens purple. Red does not green purple. Blue does not green red. Now she's picked meanings for half the words and maybe that's very stupid.
"Blue yellow green purple has the most similarity in character-order in the sentence," she says, and only flinches a little bit.