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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:25 pm 
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Ok, i saw this the other day and it took me forever to figure it out. YES IT IS POSSIBLE.

A census worker goes to a man's house. When the man answers the door, the census worker asks "Hello sir, How many children do you have?". The man answers "Three.". Then the census worker asks "Great, and how old are they?". The man answers "The product of their ages is 72, but the sum is the same as my house number.". The census worker, thinking he has enough data, goes on to the next house. Later that day the census worker finds out that he still needs more information. So he goes back to the house, and asks the man again "I need to know more to find out your childrens ages". The man replies "My oldest child loves chocolate pudding!", and closes the door. The census worker then goes back, and can figure out the childrens ages.

I solved it in just shy of 30 minutes. If you get it, dont tell us how you know their ages, but tell us how long it took you to get.

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Like, forty-five seconds. No I haven't seen this before...


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are you serious? wow i feel stupid now. lol, good job.

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Swordsman Kirby wrote:
Like, forty-five seconds. No I haven't seen this before...


You're wicked quick. Scott, mind if I ask Swordsman to tell how he did it so fast?


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As far as I read, there is no problem or question to be solved.


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Haha, excellent point :D (note to self: read, don't remember)


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OK, got it... I think it took me around 10 minutes.


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Took me tops 5 min.
(though I "cheated" since I used pen an paper to scribble down the possibilities) Would have done it in my head had I not been so tired...


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Haara wrote:
Took me tops 5 min.
(though I "cheated" since I used pen an paper to scribble down the possibilities) Would have done it in my head had I not been so tired...
Same here.

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Tony Fisher posted a VERY similar puzzle to this a few months back, I got that one in a few minutes.

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My brother and I are the same age, but he's still older than I am.


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Lol, i should have scribbled down possibilities. I did it in my head.

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Swordsman Kirby wrote:
Like, forty-five seconds. No I haven't seen this before...


Can you tell how you did it?


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I did it in my head. It was kind of "lucky" as I came to the ambiguity on the first two triples that I randomly chose. Only one of them fit the "oldest eats pudding" criteria.


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Ah, alright. Stupid me didn't realize you really don't have to check other alternatives once you found what you found.


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