And now an exerpt from my favorite book the Songs of Wiseoldman, on Anja's beauty:
How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are doves. Just kind of staring at me vacantly. Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from the hills of Lumbridge. Really shaggy, unkempt, tangled, and a bit smelly. Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn, so a little fuzzy and in need of washing. Your neck is like the tower of Varrock, or a giraffe or something, like dayum. You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.
Deltaslugsaid: Snuffles1said: This made me laugh, btw who is this "anja" person you are referring to? lmao
Anja resides in the house in Rimmington with a bronze pick and sword spawn, near the Witch's House (Witch's Potion and 1 step in the Swept Away quest) Yeah, Anja, the Goddess of Freebies, read more here.
Nah but seriously, the moral of story is that you shouldn't give away that you're lying to someone until you're absolutely sure it's safe to do it? Because Anja was pretending to carry out the judgement long enough to see how Hengel would react, and then changed it because it wasn't final for some reason, which Hengel didn't realize in his would-be happiness?
If that's how it played out, sure, it's a way to do it I guess, but it's not exactly honest to pretend like that either, is it? It reminds me of a certain protagonist in Yugioh, who faced the two door riddle from labyrinth challenge (if you don't know what it is, see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReFhu8KYbmU ). Said protagonist would always play fair and square, but during that challenge he cheated it by pretending to make a choice, only to follow by his "real" choice after the guards reacted to his initial wrong choice with laughter, rather than using the proper solution from the video I linked.
"As for forktails, bait them thusly: pound a stake in the soil, bind a goat to it, then hide ye in nearto shrubbery posthaste."
I'd say the moral of the story is that Anja is very wise and people hold her in awe. Also in part that Hengel is dumb (he could have hidden his reaction; coming to this later). I don't think Anja ever lied to anyone. She was suggesting an idea to see how they react, and that enabled her to justify the judgement she made. There was no "proper solution" here, and even though Anja knew whose money it was, people of Rimmington could have seen her as biased if she had just said "give it to Jokku". But now all Rimmington held Anja in awe.
The situation is different in your example since there is a proper solution that should be used, but even so, I don't think the protagonist cheated. The guards could have faked a laughter after initial correct choice, and then the protagonist would have been outsmarted. It's cheating only if you see the outcome of the first option and then change your choice. It's not cheating if you are planning to do something but change the plan before making a choice.
Compare to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: the choice is locked after you say lock option X (or is it "final answer" in English?). But before that you can say something and see how the host reacts. (It would be funny if the host sometimes randomly started laughing inauspiciously like the guards in your example.)
Finally, if you read the initial story 1 Kings 3:16-28, you can find another moral of the story, but that's not covered here.