The youth's clever answers to the king's questions (1½ men and the horse's head, etc.). [Cf. type 1661. As well as the standard versions of this tale, the following Irish by-forms have been included under this number: (a) An Gárlach Coileánach (ill-treated boy who gives clever answers to his stingy step-mother); (b) Dean Swift’s boy who gives clever replies to his master’s questions; (c) the rogues who get scalded by hot porridge but, by clever remarks, hide their discomfiture from one another («Praiseach ó aréir é»); (d) the poor workman who tells the king how, out of his meagre wages, he supports his family, pays his debts, and invests for the future (cf. Type 921 A).

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