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Telephone Problem

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Puzzle ID:#1281
Fun:*** (2.94)
Difficulty:** (1.7)
Submitted By:anneofgg14**
Corrected By:Jake




A woman depended on a public telephone to make her calls, but it was usually out of order. Each day she reported this to the phone company, but nothing was done. Finally she came up with a fib that she told the phone company. The phone was fixed the next day. What did she tell them?

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Sep 11, 2003

Hey good one! Thanks for the hint. You are so right lol.
Jul 29, 2004

That was cool.
Dec 26, 2004

Sounds so true!
Apr 06, 2005

dumb dumb dumb
Apr 06, 2005

seems familiar to me heard it somewhere =P nice though
May 12, 2005

I didn't get it and thought it was a clever riddle
Jun 25, 2005

but wouldn't the company notice that she was wrong when they got there? or think that if a phone was making calls for free why would the lady report it? or maybe they are too greedy to think about stuff or maybe i'm over complicating again
Jul 12, 2005

That was a really good one. Maybe if we did that too, alot more stuff would get done!
Jul 29, 2005

Aug 01, 2005

smart lady
Nov 27, 2005

Good one!!!
Dec 29, 2005

or maybe the woman could also have called to say that coins were coming out of the public telephone?
Apr 21, 2006

Loved IT!
Jun 07, 2006

It was ok. Not the best not the worst. (i knew it had something to do with money)
Jun 29, 2006

Even if they got there and saw the broken phone *didn't* allow free calls, they may as well repair it.
Feb 01, 2008

Feb 01, 2008

I was confused in the beginning, but the hint really helped. Great teaser!
Feb 01, 2008

Not much of a mystery to me. That was the only logical answer.
Feb 01, 2008

Uh, how did she report the phone being out of order if it didn't work in the first place???
Feb 01, 2008

I'm with Brandon and Babyblue
Feb 01, 2008

That's funny babyblue! Hahaha!
Feb 01, 2008

She walked 3 blocks in the snow to the next closest pay phone to report the other phone was out of order.
Feb 01, 2008

I knew it!!! That's how to get things done!!!
Feb 01, 2008

i got it! keep logic teasers coming!
Feb 01, 2008

I didn't know the answer, but I loved the teaser. That was a smart woman. We all know the phone company wouldn't give away anything free on purpose. Thanks for posting.

Feb 01, 2008

very easy, but good concept!
Feb 01, 2008

Good one! Ya stumped me. But then . . .
Feb 01, 2008

Nice teaser! Once you read the hint, its pretty simple... make more!
Feb 01, 2008

It was more a joke than a teaser, but very cute. Made me laugh.
Feb 01, 2008

why didnt she just start using the phone that she used to call the phone company and report it??? ... otherwise it was pretty simple to answer
Feb 01, 2008

This was a cute one The clue gave it away though
Feb 01, 2008

maybe she didnt call the phone company to complain. she could have written or emailed or even actually got to the companys building. If they got there and noticed she lied then why wouldnt they fix it anyway or, maybe they didnt even look at it maybe the company just took it out and put in a new phone.
Feb 01, 2008

i didnt really like it that much
Feb 01, 2008

hey adrianlvr1123 that was a good one
Feb 02, 2008

yeah cause that was a brain teaser....
Feb 02, 2008

Hey adrian, that was uncalled for!!! Stop bashing other peoples teasers and go make some of your own. Maybe then somebody will give you a taste of your own medicine!!!
Feb 02, 2008

And you too, rush and ragdoll...go take your negativity somewhere else!
Feb 04, 2008

Nice teaser. What's a public telephone?
Mar 18, 2008

cute, and I agree with the person above they are going out of style, aren't they?
Feb 01, 2011

This one still makes me laugh.
Feb 01, 2011

I didn't get that one at all! It was sort of boring
Feb 01, 2011

This was dumb...
Feb 02, 2011

I thought maybe she lowered her voice and said she was a man calling! Course I didn't read the hint... Thought it was clever.
Jan 24, 2013

I think the whole idea behind this one was very creative & I liked it. Nice one.
Feb 01, 2014

Feb 01, 2014

The answer was way to obvious.
Feb 01, 2014

Pretty simple if you put even a second of thought into it.
To answer the question about why she would report it to the phone company if it were true, some people are HONEST. I am the person who questions a bill at a register not because it is too high, but because it is too low. I dispute marks I didn't earn etc There is such a thing as karma and doing what is right.
When we were teenagers, my sister and her friends figured out a way to get the pay phone to return your quarter after you finished your call (in essence allowing you to make a free call). She told my mother about it. Ma then passed the info (and how they were doing it) along to her superiors at Bell. Not only did she get a letter of commendation, but she got a $1500.00 thank you bonus. Sure not a lot of money to Bell but still a nice gesture they could have just fixed the problem and not acknowledged her at all.
Feb 01, 2014

True if given the phone company is uncaring and greedy- Good & funny.
Feb 01, 2014

Thanks, HABS, I liked your story. Didn't get the teaser, but enjoyed it.
Sep 03, 2014

too easy
Feb 01, 2017

The teaser was simple and easy, but I liked it. I also liked Habs's story, and it was a lot of money back then, and still is today to some for such a simple gesture. Thanks for the story Habs
Feb 01, 2017

A little too easy, but still a bit of fun for an early morning.
Mar 15, 2017

This could be placed in the *Logic* category. Makes sense. 👍🏻
Mar 15, 2017

This could be placed in the *Logic* category. Makes sense. 👍🏻

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