# I am the judge of both bitter defeat ; And who may make claim to victory sweet...........................What am I?

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I am the judge of both bitter defeat
And who may make claim to victory sweet

No matter what effort you may expend
Without me you will never reach the end

Defining a limit which yields results
Perhaps which a statistician consults

Without me you'd have no way of knowing
Whether to stop or to keep on going

What am I?

posted Nov 27, 2014
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The king dies and two men, the true heir and an impostor, both claim to be his long-lost son. Both fit the description of the rightful heir: about the right age, height, coloring and general appearance.

Finally, one of the elders proposes a test to identify the true heir. One man agrees to the test while the other flatly re-fuses. The one who agreed is immediately sent on his way, and the one who re-fused is correctly identified as the rightful heir.

Can you figure out why?