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A riddle problem is a question or statement intentionally phrased so as to require ingenuity in ascertaining its answer or meaning, typically presented as a game.  Below is a list of the past problem of the week riddles in descending chronological order.

POW: 08-03-2020

Riddle:

A man is walking down a road with a basket of eggs. As he is walking he meets someone who buys one-half of his eggs plus one-half of an egg. He walks a little further and meets another person who buys one-half of his eggs plus one-half of an egg. After proceeding further he meets another person who buys one-half of his eggs plus one half an egg. At this point he has sold all of his eggs, and he never broke an egg. How many eggs did the man have to start with?

Answer:

7 eggs. The first person bought one half of his eggs plus one half an egg (3 1/2 + 1/2 = 4 eggs) This left him 3 eggs. The second person bought one-half of his eggs plus one half an egg, (1 1/2 + 1/2 = 2 eggs) leaving the man 1 egg. The last person bought one-half of his eggs plus one-half an egg, (1/2 + 1/2 = 1 egg) leaving no eggs.

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Riddle:

If you have two coins which total 35 cents and one of the coins is not a dime, what are the two coins?

Answer:

A quarter and a dime. One coin is not a dime, but the other one is.

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POW: 07-20-2020

Riddle:

Robert and David were preparing to have a water balloon fight. "No Fair" cried Robert, "You have 3 times as many as I do!" David said "Fine!" and gave Robert 10 more balloons. "Still not fair!" argued Robert, "You still have twice as many as I do." How many more balloons must David give Robert for them to have the same number?

Answer:

David must give Robert another 20 water balloons, giving them each 60. Robert started with 30 water balloons and David with 90.

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POW: 07-13-2020

Riddle:

Jenna wrote all the numbers from 300 to 400 on a piece of paper. How many times did she write the digit 3?

Answer:

Jenna wrote it 120 times.

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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: 06-29-2020

Riddle:

While on my way to St. Ives, I saw a man with 7 wives. Each wife had 7 sacks. Each sack had 7 cats. Each cat had 7 kittens. Kitten, cats, sacks, wives, How many were going to St. Ives?

Answer:

Just one, me.

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POW: 06-22-2020

Riddle:

A girl is twice as old as her brother and half as old as her father. In 50 years, her brother will be half as old as his father. How old is the daughter now?

Answer:

50 years old.

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POW: 06-20-2020

Riddle:

You have two container, a 5 gallon and a 3 gallon container. How do you measure out 4 gallons?

Answer:

Fill up the 3 gallon container and pour the 3 gallons into the 5 gallon container.
Then, fill the 3 gallon container back up, and pour it into the 5 gallon container.
The 3 gallon container will have 1 gallon left.
Empty the 5 gallon container.
Pour the remining 1 gallon into the 5 gallon container.
Then fill the 3 gallon container back up and pour it into the 5 gallon container.
Thus, you have 4 gallons.

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POW: 06-15-2020

Riddle:

There are 2 ducks in front of 2 other ducks. There are 2 ducks behind 2 other ducks. There are 2 ducks beside 2 other ducks. How many ducks are there?

Answer:

Just four, in a square formation.

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Riddle:

There is a clothing store in Bartlesville. The owner has devised his own method of pricing items. A vest costs $20, socks cost $25, a tie costs $15 and a blouse costs $30. Using the method, how much would a pair of underwear cost?

Answer:

$45. The pricing method consists of charging $5 for each letter required to spell the item.

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