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Horology Howard

Situation puzzles (sometimes called lateral thinking puzzles) are ones where you need to ask lots of yes or no questions to figure out what happened in the situation. These are good puzzles for groups where one person knows the puzzle and answers the questions.

 

Puzzle ID:#12641
Fun:*** (2.49)
Difficulty:*** (2.82)
Category:Situation
Submitted By:Codammanus***
Corrected By:boodler

 

 

 



Howard is almost obsessed with timing things. Unfortunately, he recently broke his most precious watch, so he buys a new timepiece. Walking from the jewelry store, he hears the gong of the clock in the Public Square which gongs at the hour and half hour. Just when he finishes walking up to his apartment someone asks him for the time. Howard immediately responds ''It's 2:35!'' Now, at the time he gives the time, Howard is not wearing a watch. The new watch is still in the box, which is sealed, and not transparent. Nor is it an audio-watch that tells time. He doesn't hear someone else say what time it is either. Howard also has a quirk about time. He never asks anyone for the time, never looks at a clock, a watch, or anything that tells time that isn't his and on his wrist. He also never counts past the number 12, but still remains efficient at whatever he does. Therefore, how did Howard know it was, precisely, 2:35. (Oh, and he was correct).





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Comments

horse_luverAca*
May 31, 2003

There wasn't a hint!!
Codammanus
May 31, 2003

Duly noted: So as you can see, our Editors are the best in the World!
Codammanus
May 31, 2003

Because I SURELY included it!
heather777
Jun 01, 2003

that's good how you emphasized that you couldn't see the watch and usually when you think of watches you think of sight but he heard the watch which I thought was good
Codammanus
Jun 01, 2003

Attention to detail.....I love it. (Talking about yours, not me,). What is slow?
ogloriousmullet
Dec 03, 2003

It seems as though Harold has too much time on his hands. (Pardon the pun!)
Fhqwhgads*us*
Feb 08, 2004

how does he know it is 2:35 when he dosent know 35 is a number becuase he dosent count past 12?
usernameAhk*
Jul 30, 2004

very interesting, but quite hard.
just_phil
Nov 26, 2004

A simpler answer to this question is that since he is obsessed with timing things he would know that it takes him exactly five minutes to walk from the jewellery store, upon leaving which he heard the clock strike, to his apartment at which he was asked the time.
Thenextjoel
Feb 22, 2005

How could you ever guess that correctly?! There is no reason to sespect that answer! People are so Bored!....
doggyxpus*
Mar 12, 2005

Yeah; I was thinkingthe same thing as Phil.
sweetime**
Jul 06, 2005

i'm with phil - he heard the clock gong 2:30 and knows how long it takes to get from his house to the jewellry store (and vice versa)
gnarldroot
Sep 25, 2007

if he doesnt count on anything but his own wrist watch to tell time why would he count on the gong as a sign that half an hour has passed? even though his quirk is specified as never asking someone and not LOOKING at other watches or time pieces it suggests that he only measures time according to his own watch including the town square clock tower.
jasmin215**
Oct 01, 2007

hmm... i have no clue wat the rest of yall r talkin bout but tht was hard.. at least u cud have said he had a pen with him to mark the box..

i gave up reading the explaination after like the first 2 lines..i didnt get it but was interesting
liketeasers
Jul 17, 2008

OMG HOLY COW I ACTUALLY GOT THIS ONE RIGHT!!!!! OH YEAH I FEEL SO HAPPY NOW!!!!!!! HEHEHE NOW THIS IS WHAT I CALL A TEASER!
Candi7tus*
Apr 10, 2013

Does anyone else notice that the teaser says "12 is a multiple of 60 by 5" ?

It is actually that 12 is a FACTOR of 60, and 60 is a multiple of 12.



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