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Riddle:

Two fathers and two sons went fishing one day. They were there the whole day and only caught 3 fish. One father said, that is enough for all of us, we will have one each. How can this be possible?

Answer:

There was the father, his son, and his son's son. This equals 2 fathers and 2 sons for a total of 3!

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POW: 02-11-2019

Riddle:

Given two 2s, "plus" can be changed to "times" without changing the results: 2 + 2= 2 x 2.


The solution with three numbers is easy too: 1 + 2 + 3= 1 x 2 x 3.


Now find the answer for 4 numbers and for 5 numbers.

Answer:

Solution for 4 numbers:

1 + 1 + 2 + 4= 1 x 1 x 2 x 4.

Solution for 5 numbers:

1 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 5= 1 x 1 x 1 x 2 x 4 

1 + 1 + 1 + 3 + 3= 1 x 1 x 1 x 2 x 4

1 + 1 +2 + 2 + 2= 1 x 1 x 2 x 2 x 2

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POW: 02-04-2019

Riddle:

You have 14 brown socks, 14 blue socks and 14 black socks in your sock drawer. How many socks must you remove (without looking to be sure) to have a matched pair?

Answer:

Four. You will have a pair of one color or another.

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Riddle:

I am a three digit number.
My tens digit is five more than my ones digit.
My hundreds digit is eight less than my tens digit.
What number am I?

Answer:

Number 194.

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POW: 01-14-2019

Riddle:

Find the four digit number in which the first digit is one fourth of the last digit, the second digit is 6 times the first digit, and the third digit is the second digit plus 3.

Answer:

1694.

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POW: 01-07-2019

Riddle:

A tree doubled in height each year until it reached its maximum height over the course of ten years. How many years did it take for the tree to reach half its maximum height?

Answer:

Nine Years.

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POW: 12-31-2018

Riddle:

A house has 6 stories, each the same height. How many times as long is the ascent to the sixth floor as the ascent to the third?

Answer:

2 1/2 times (5/2, not 6/3).

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POW: 12-24-2018

Riddle:

A woman went into a bank to cash an insurance refund check. By mistake the teller gave her dollars for cents and cents for dollars. She put the money in her purse but accidentally dropped a nickel on the floor. When she got home, she found that she had exactly twice the amount of the check she had cashed. She didn't have any money in her wallet before going to the bank. What was the exact amount of that check?

Answer:

The amount must have been $31.63. She received $63.31. After she dropped a nickel there would remain the sum of $63.26, which is twice the amount of the check.

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POW: 12-17-2018

Riddle:

If it takes four rat catchers four minutes to kill four rats, how many rat catchers would be needed to catch 50 rats in 50 minutes?

Answer:

The same number of rat catchers- Four.

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Riddle:

One fourth of the population of a newly discovered planet have 4 legs. The rest have two legs. There are 60 legs total. How big is the population of the newly discovered planet?

Answer:

24.

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