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24th May '17 5:38:15 AM benda
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* PlayedWith in ''Literature/LottieAndLisa''. Lotte-as-Luise had a dream where the two sisters' father threatened to saw them in half, while mother begged him to allow her to keep both of them. In the end, they settle for metaphorical Solomon Divorce (which is what had really happened).

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* PlayedWith in ''Literature/LottieAndLisa''.''Literature/LottieAndLisa'', from which ''Film/TheParentTrap'' was adapted. Lotte-as-Luise had a dream where the two sisters' father threatened to saw them in half, while mother begged him to allow her to keep both of them. In the end, they settle settled for metaphorical Solomon Divorce (which is what had really happened).
24th May '17 5:31:18 AM benda
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* PlayedWIth in ''Literature/LottieAndLisa''. Lotte-as-Luise had a dream where the two sisters' father threatened to saw them in half, while mother begged him to allow her to keep both of them. In the end, they settle for metaphorical Solomon Divorce (which is what had really happened).


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* PlayedWith in ''Literature/LottieAndLisa''. Lotte-as-Luise had a dream where the two sisters' father threatened to saw them in half, while mother begged him to allow her to keep both of them. In the end, they settle for metaphorical Solomon Divorce (which is what had really happened).
24th May '17 5:30:35 AM benda
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* PlayedWIth in ''Literature/LottieAndLisa''. Lotte-as-Luise had a dream where the two sisters' father threatened to saw them in half, while mother begged him to allow her to keep both of them. In the end, they settle for metaphorical Solomon Divorce (which is what had really happened).
23rd May '17 6:54:24 AM benda
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* In ''N or M?'', one of Creator/AgathaChristie's Literature/TommyAndTuppence novels, a strange foreign woman has kidnapped an Englishwoman's daughter, and is pursued to the edge of a cliff. The foreigner is holding the kid tightly, but the Englishwoman takes the shot, killing her. Later it's discovered [[spoiler: the Englishwoman was a traitor spying for the Nazis, and the other woman was the girl's real mother. Tuppence realizes this as no mother would willingly endanger her ''own'' child like that.]]

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* In ''N or M?'', one of Creator/AgathaChristie's Literature/TommyAndTuppence novels, a strange foreign woman has kidnapped an Englishwoman's daughter, and is pursued to the edge of a cliff. The foreigner is holding the kid tightly, but the Englishwoman takes the shot, killing her. Later it's discovered [[spoiler: the Englishwoman was a traitor spying for the Nazis, and the other woman was the girl's real mother. Tuppence realizes this as no mother would willingly endanger her ''own'' child like that.]]
]] Tuppence explicitly refers to Solomon in this one.
23rd May '17 6:51:40 AM benda
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* In ''N or M?'', one of Creator/AgathaChristie's TommyAndTuppence novels, a strange foreign woman has kidnapped an Englishwoman's daughter, and is pursued to the edge of a cliff. The foreigner is holding the kid tightly, but the Englishwoman takes the shot, killing her. Later it's discovered [[spoiler: the Englishwoman was a traitor spying for the Nazis, and the other woman was the girl's real mother. Tuppence realizes this as no mother would willingly endanger her ''own'' child like that.]]

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* In ''N or M?'', one of Creator/AgathaChristie's TommyAndTuppence Literature/TommyAndTuppence novels, a strange foreign woman has kidnapped an Englishwoman's daughter, and is pursued to the edge of a cliff. The foreigner is holding the kid tightly, but the Englishwoman takes the shot, killing her. Later it's discovered [[spoiler: the Englishwoman was a traitor spying for the Nazis, and the other woman was the girl's real mother. Tuppence realizes this as no mother would willingly endanger her ''own'' child like that.]]
23rd May '17 6:50:59 AM benda
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* Used a bit late in one of Creator/AgathaChristie's Tommy and Tuppence novels: a strange foreign woman has kidnapped an Englishwoman's daughter, and is pursued to the edge of a cliff. The foreigner is holding the kid tightly, but the Englishwoman takes the shot, killing her. Later it's discovered [[spoiler: the Englishwoman was a traitor spying for the Nazis, and the other woman was the girl's real mother. Tuppence realizes this as no mother would willingly endanger her ''own'' child like that.]]

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* Used a bit late in In ''N or M?'', one of Creator/AgathaChristie's Tommy and Tuppence novels: TommyAndTuppence novels, a strange foreign woman has kidnapped an Englishwoman's daughter, and is pursued to the edge of a cliff. The foreigner is holding the kid tightly, but the Englishwoman takes the shot, killing her. Later it's discovered [[spoiler: the Englishwoman was a traitor spying for the Nazis, and the other woman was the girl's real mother. Tuppence realizes this as no mother would willingly endanger her ''own'' child like that.]]
17th May '17 1:44:08 PM VicGeorge2011
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* Billy Batson as [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] references this after his first encounter with his EvilCounterpart Black Adam in ''ComicBook/ShazamTheNewBeginning'' when he is forced to let the villain get away with [[BusFullOfInnocents a plane full of international delegates]].
3rd May '17 10:43:51 AM rafi
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* The Judgment of Solomon is a story from the ''Literature/TheBible''. The story recounts that two mothers living in the same house, each the mother of an infant son, came to King Solomon. One of the babies had died, and each claimed the remaining boy as her own. Calling for a sword, Solomon declared his judgment: the baby would be cut in two, each woman to receive half. One mother thought the ruling fair, but the other begged Solomon, "Give the baby to her, just don't kill him!" The king declared the second woman the true mother, as a mother would even give up her baby if that was necessary to save its life. This judgment became known throughout all of Israel and was considered an example of profound wisdom.

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1st May '17 6:59:24 PM PaulA
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* Used in Leo Frankowski's ''Cross-Time Engineer'' series. Conrad Stargard, the titular engineer, becomes a feudal lord, and is asked to arbitrate a dispute. A man and his neighbor each owned a pig, and one day, they only found one pig. They both claim it is theirs. Conrad agrees with both of them, and tells them the court cost from each of them is half a pig. They divide the pig between them, and later give Conrad the other pig when it is found.

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* Used in Leo Frankowski's Creator/LeoFrankowski's ''Cross-Time Engineer'' series. Conrad Stargard, the titular engineer, becomes a feudal lord, and is asked to arbitrate a dispute. A man and his neighbor each owned a pig, and one day, they only found one pig. They both claim it is theirs. Conrad agrees with both of them, and tells them the court cost from each of them is half a pig. They divide the pig between them, and later give Conrad the other pig when it is found.
22nd Apr '17 1:08:35 PM Chariset
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A common variation in logic puzzles is to have both parties already agreeing to split something that is inherently difficult to split fairly, but not being able to agree on the exact method. The most common solution is to [[CutASliceTakeTheRest have one party decide how to divide the lot and the other party choose which portion to take]] -- this gives the splitter every incentive to divide it as fairly as they can manage.

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A common variation in logic puzzles is to have both parties already agreeing to split something that is inherently difficult to split fairly, but not being able to agree on the exact method. The most common solution is to [[CutASliceTakeTheRest [[OriginalPositionFallacy have one party decide how to divide the lot and the other party choose which portion half to take]] -- this gives the splitter every incentive to divide it as fairly as they can manage.
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