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Here’s another of my favorites;

A woman tries to board a bus carrying a 6ft 2in long curtain pole. The driver won’t let her on because the rules are that nothing can be carried on the bus which is over 6 foot long.

She goes back to the shop buys something extra and then boards the next bus and takes the curtain rod with her without a problem.

What did she buy?

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Here’s another of my favorites; A woman tries to board a bus carrying a 6ft 2in long curtain pole. The driver won’t let her on because the rules are that nothing can be carried on the bus which is over 6 foot long. She goes back to the shop buys something extra and then boards the next bus and takes the curtain rod with her without a problem. What did she buy?

A 6 foot long, 17 inch wide box. The 6ft 2in pole will fit diagonally inside the box (serves as the hypotenuse)

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How about this one:

3 business men walk into a motel and ask for a room for the night. The front desk asks them if they want separate rooms, or just one large one. All of them men agree to get one room to save money. The price of the room was $30. Each man paid $10 apiece and they went to their room.

Later, the front desk manager realized that there was a special going on which made the room cost only $25 dollars and he had overcharged them by $5. So, the manager took 5 $1 dollar bills and proceeded to the business men’s room. He handed each one of the men a single $1 dollar bill and kept the remainder, the $2 remaining. Therefor, each man had only spent $9 for the room.

$9 × 3= $27
Plus the $2 the manager kept (self tipping)
Equals $29.

Where did the missing $1 go to?

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I saw this on Kathie Lee and Hoda within the past week, just so you know.

Seven is an odd number. How do you make it even?


Get rid of the “s”! Wink

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How about this one:

3 business men walk into a motel and ask for a room for the night. The front desk asks them if they want separate rooms, or just one large one. All of them men agree to get one room to save money. The price of the room was $30. Each man paid $10 apiece and they went to their room.

Later, the front desk manager realized that there was a special going on which made the room cost only $25 dollars and he had overcharged them by $5. So, the manager took 5 $1 dollar bills and proceeded to the business men’s room. He handed each one of the men a single $1 dollar bill and kept the remainder, the $2 remaining. Therefor, each man had only spent $9 for the room.

$9 × 3= $27
Plus the $2 the manager kept (self tipping)
Equals $29.

Where did the missing $1 go to?


Tricky, Yourrid! The $2 should be subtracted from the $27 to make $25. The manager initially receives $30. He then gives $3 back, $1 to each man. He now has $27 because he kept the extra $2 that he should have given them, but didn’t because of uneven/awkward distribution. Silly Beer

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Wilson wrote:
I saw this on Kathie Lee and Hoda within the past week, just so you know.

Seven is an odd number. How do you make it even?


Get rid of the “s”! Wink

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I saw this on Kathie Lee and Hoda within the past week, just so you know.

Seven is an odd number. How do you make it even?


Get rid of the “s”! Wink

Correct. You have won one government certified “attaboy”. You can pick up your certificate at the Ministry of Silly Walks, Attaboy Division. For a slight fee, you can be upgraded to an “attaperson”, which is the politically correct variant. Just show a copy of this thread at the counter.

:bigsmile:

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Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man’s father is my father’s son. Who is the man?

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Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man’s father is my father’s son. Who is the man?

Oh my! I looked in the mirror, and it was me!

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Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man’s father is my father’s son. Who is the man?

Oh my! I looked in the mirror, and it was me!

Nope.

Just transpose/simplify. My father’s son must be me as I have no brother’s and sisters. Therefore it becomes this man’s father is me. Therefore the picture must be of his son.

As it turns out I had a dispute about this long ago and phoned MENSA. They got it wrong (Amazing). It was only after I suggested they transpose/simplify that they agreed it has to be his son.

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Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man’s father is my father’s son. Who is the man?

Oh my! I looked in the mirror, and it was me!

Nope.

Just transpose/simplify. My father’s son must be me as I have no brother’s and sisters. Therefore it becomes this man’s father is me. Therefore the picture must be of his son.

As it turns out I had a dispute about this long ago and phoned MENSA. They got it wrong (Amazing). It was only after I suggested they transpose/simplify that they agreed it has to be his son.

Your logic is, how do you say it….very logical. As we say here in the colonies, you da man. Smile

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Wilson wrote:
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Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man’s father is my father’s son. Who is the man?

Oh my! I looked in the mirror, and it was me!

Nope.

Just transpose/simplify. My father’s son must be me as I have no brother’s and sisters. Therefore it becomes this man’s father is me. Therefore the picture must be of his son.

As it turns out I had a dispute about this long ago and phoned MENSA. They got it wrong (Amazing). It was only after I suggested they transpose/simplify that they agreed it has to be his son.

Your logic is, how do you say it….very logical. As we say here in the colonies, you da man. Smile


I was going to argue… until I put a pen to paper. It is indeed the riddler’s son. Tough one to figure in the head.

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This man….let’s say this is me…his father (my father) has a son. (Me again) My father’s son (Me again)

It cannot be this man’s son, as the man in question (This man in the this man’s father equation) is the son of my father. The brothers and sisters I have none part merely indicates there are no options for other kids being the answer. My father has a son. Me. My father’s son is me. period. end of story. And truly, my father has one natural born son. So, who is my father’s son? Me.

The question doesn’t ask “Who am I?” The identity of the speaker, or riddler if you will, is of no importance. “The picture must be of his son” makes no sense in relation to the question, as there was no “picture” in the question.

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If it walks like a duck

And talks like a duck ,

You sir , are drunk .

ducks can't talk .

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This man….let’s say this is me…his father (my father) has a son. (Me again) My father’s son (Me again)

It cannot be this man’s son, as the man in question (This man in the this man’s father equation) is the son of my father. The brothers and sisters I have none part merely indicates there are no options for other kids being the answer. My father has a son. Me. My father’s son is me. period. end of story. And truly, my father has one natural born son. So, who is my father’s son? Me.

The question doesn’t ask “Who am I?” The identity of the speaker, or riddler if you will, is of no importance. “The picture must be of his son” makes no sense in relation to the question, as there was no “picture” in the question.

If you study the question as posed you will note the term ‘this man’. Plainly the riddler is referring or pointing to someone. OK it could be a real person but usually in this riddle it refers to a picture. However, the big clue is that the riddle is being spoken by someone and at the end the riddle is asking who is this man rather than who am I. I suppose riddler might be pointing to himself and talking of himself in the third person but that is so unlikely a possibility that we must logically ignore it.

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Let’s say we have a photograph/picture (Brit-speak for conceptualized image) of 3 men, grandfather on the left, father center, and grandson on the right.

The father, explaining the relationship to a third party, points to the son and says “this man’s father (himself) is my father’s (grandfather) son.

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DBCstm wrote:
This man….let’s say this is me…his father (my father) has a son. (Me again) My father’s son (Me again)

It cannot be this man’s son, as the man in question (This man in the this man’s father equation) is the son of my father. The brothers and sisters I have none part merely indicates there are no options for other kids being the answer. My father has a son. Me. My father’s son is me. period. end of story. And truly, my father has one natural born son. So, who is my father’s son? Me.

The question doesn’t ask “Who am I?” The identity of the speaker, or riddler if you will, is of no importance. “The picture must be of his son” makes no sense in relation to the question, as there was no “picture” in the question.


Make it into a math problem. Here it is:

Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man’s father is my father’s son. Who is the man?

This man’s father = my father’s son

If my father had no other children than me, then the following must be true:

This man’s father = my father’s son = me

So, then this man’s father = me

So then, this man = son of me

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Just to lighten the load as the previously debated riddle always causes arguments. here are a couple of short ones.

A) Two fathers and two sons go to the lake. They each catch a fish. They bring them home and put the three fish on the table. Why are there only three fish?

B) I have a basket with four apples in it. I give an apple each to my four children but there remains one apple in the basket. How can this be?

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VFMaddict wrote:
Just to lighten the load as the previously debated riddle always causes arguments. here are a couple of short ones.

A) Two fathers and two sons go to the lake. They each catch a fish. They bring them home and put the three fish on the table. Why are there only three fish?

B) I have a basket with four apples in it. I give an apple each to my four children but there remains one apple in the basket. How can this be?

A) There are three men, just as in the “previously debated riddle”. One is the father of another, who is the father of another. So, one is both a father and a son.

B) I’m just guessing, but I think maybe you started out with an apple in your hand (not in the basket)?

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Dead right on (A). It was the first riddle that reminded me of that one.

But keep working on (B)………….. :bigsmile:

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Could it be that the fourth child is an infant, and currently in the basket? Yes, that could happen.

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Dead right on (A). It was the first riddle that reminded me of that one.

But keep working on (B)………….. :bigsmile:


I think I’ve got it. You gave the basket with one apple in it to one of your four children!?

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Yep, that’s it. David. :bigsmile:

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This one is a pure lateral thinking problem.

Grandpa was sitting in his chair out front of the house and his two grandsons were just in front of him cleaning their bicycles. He decided to have some fun. Boys, he said, see that tree over yonder. I’ve a dollar here for the winner of a race. You have to ride to that tree, circle round it at and then back here. The winner gets the dollar. But its a special kind of race. The winner is the one who’s bicycle gets here last He sat back and expected it to take all afternoon. But suddenly the two boys whispered to each other then got on the bicycles and rode as fast as they could. The race was over in less than two minutes. Grandpa paid up the dollar. He laughed.because they had outfoxed him.

How did they outfox him?

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VFMaddict wrote:
This one is a pure lateral thinking problem.

Grandpa was sitting in his chair out front of the house and his two grandsons were just in front of him cleaning their bicycles. He decided to have some fun. Boys, he said, see that tree over yonder. I’ve a dollar here for the winner of a race. You have to ride to that tree, circle round it at and then back here. The winner gets the dollar. But its a special kind of race. The winner is the one who’s bicycle gets here last He sat back and expected it to take all afternoon. But suddenly the two boys whispered to each other then got on the bicycles and rode as fast as they could. The race was over in less than two minutes. Grandpa paid up the dollar. He laughed.because they had outfoxed him.

How did they outfox him?


They switched bikes!

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Yep. That was quick David well done.

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Life? Edit: How old is your daughter?

Sorry, that’s not the correct answer.

My daughter is 11 years old. She has lots of Tagalog riddles but does not sound good once translated Oops

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Mary’s father has 5 daughters – Nana, Nene, Nini, Nono. What is the fifth daughter’s name?

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Mary’s father has 5 daughters – Nana, Nene, Nini, Nono. What is the fifth daughter's name?
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Sure you guys would know this one but I’ll change it around a bit Silly

This fat guy bumps into this circus clown. There’s 3 walnut shells on a table and he shows a bead under one. He tells the guy if he can pick the one with the bead after the shuffle he gets $100. The kicker is he shuffles them behind a cardboard box so the fat guy can’t see. After the shuffle the clown knows where the bead is. The fat guy then picks one of the 3 shells.

The clown, knowing which of the 3 has the bead under it, takes one of the empty shells off the table and offers the fat guy to switch his choice between the 2 that are left, or stay with what he’s already picked.

Should he switch or does it matter? :bigsmile:

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