Ancient prophecies, especially those of ancient Greece and the Oracle of Delphi, were famously tricky. There are dozens of stories of great leaders being tripped up by double-meanings and misinterpretations, usually to their own destruction.
Now, obviously hindsight is 20/20, but some of those twists and tricks seem painfully obvious to modern audiences. For example, when the Oracle tells you "If you go to war, a great empire will be destroyed," even a schoolchild will recognize that that might be your empire, rather than the enemy's...
And yet, over and over, great leaders and terrible generals misinterpret their prophecies, and go to meet their doom. Which fits wonderfully with the ancient preoccupation with hubris, so I'm sure they had no problem with it as they retold the story, but it does raise the question:
Did any ancient prophecy-seekers recognize the tricky nature of prophecies, and make decisions or take action based on the possibility that the Oracle's words may have more than one meaning? Do we have any records of people trying to outsmart the Oracle?