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How Many Letters?

Trick brain teasers appear difficult at first, but they have a trick that makes them really easy.

 

Puzzle ID:#150
Fun:*** (2.34)
Difficulty:*** (2.27)
Category:Trick
Submitted By:cruiser***
Corrected By:Mysterious

 

 

 



How many letters are there in the answer to this question?



Answer

Four. It's the only number that describes the number of letters in its own name.
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Comments

Mogmatt16Ava*
Nov 19, 2003

this is good. It is a bit confusing at first but when you think about it it does make sence.
bigsisjune**
Jul 09, 2004

Actually, there's 63 letters in the answer!
canu*
Jul 13, 2004

In the answer which I give here to the question “How many letters are there in the answer to this question?” there are exactly one hundred twenty-eight letters.
canu*
Jul 13, 2004

0
AtropusAnz*
Feb 03, 2005

How many letters are there in "the answer to this question"?

the=3 answer=6 to=2 this=4 question=8
Well gee.. I count 23. Anyone else?
Sane**
Feb 11, 2005

the=3 answer=6 to=2 this=4 question=8

None of those are an answer though.

I thought this teaser was incredibly clever and fun!
Sane**
Feb 11, 2005

Oh well seeing where you are coming from now (stupid me). It would have to be a trick question to qualify for that kind of silly answer Atty.
darthforman*
May 17, 2005

Apparenty, I still don't get it because it makes absolutely no since to me, will someone please explain it.

sniperkid990Aie*
May 23, 2005

uhhhhhhhh? i still dont get it
sweetime**
Jun 01, 2005

Atropus - yup i got 23 letters in "the answer to this question" as well...
Pop_Qla*
Jun 05, 2005

Good Job. I thought it was a nice teaser!
jakeodee**
Jun 09, 2005

I am confused

I don't get it someone help me
Lunar_Light
Jun 12, 2005

No, really. It's 63.
Spice_2Aus*
Jun 13, 2005

Lol, yea... you should of only put "four". Which is not the only answer. 0 (like sum1 else said), "There are fifteen." is another, " There are 8."is another. "There are 15 letters" "There are exactly 54 letters in the answer to the previous question"
gemini13
Jul 15, 2005

The number 4, when written "four" has 4 letters. It is the only number that has the same number of letters as the actual number itself. eg. one = 3 letters, two = 3, three = 5, four = 4. Hope this helps. Too clever for me, I counted 23 too.
summachick**
Jul 17, 2005

I think it should be 0 because the question asked how many letters are in the answer to this question = 0 letters because it should be a number but if u spell 0 zero then its 4
soccercow10Aus*
Oct 01, 2005

YUP!i guessed 23 too................but i still dont get why the answer is 4 .....
converse_chik**
Oct 21, 2005

ummmm, i don't get it!
bhssoccer23Aus*
Nov 20, 2005

I also guessed 23. There are so many possible answers that aren't really straightforward.
bhssoccer23Aus*
Nov 20, 2005

I actually guessed zero before I guessed 23, because it is a number, but numbers can still be written out, so I guess that's wrong, too.
Brainy_1Aus*
Dec 28, 2005

I said 4! I liked this one a lot! EZ but fun!
Vigo95Aus*
Feb 21, 2006

i thought 23 , also
TehIgnored*us*
Mar 03, 2006

I will agree there are many answers to the question.....four was the first one that popped into my mind.
smiley_loverAus*
Mar 07, 2006

I was going to guess four or 0 but four won because it made more sense
PineappleMamaAus*
Mar 07, 2006

I said 23..."the answer to this question" ... very sneaky
JessicaLynn*us*
Mar 14, 2006

i say it was 23 but four works i have no clue how you get onehundred somethin, though.
thompson1Aus*
Mar 20, 2006

I loved it, and also, the person that got a hundred something had exactly that many letters in their comment. I also have another answer:

There are seventeen.
zonahoboAus*
Mar 21, 2006

Very interesting .. since a lot of commenters are providing alternate answers .. how about:
The square root of 225. .. Neat trick teaser!
dear_tragedy*us*
Mar 30, 2006

i also got four but another posible answer possible answer could be ten letters
spazzyjazzy93Aus*
Apr 06, 2006

pretty easy but it was fun!!!!!!!
calmsaviorAus*
Apr 12, 2006

what about 0?

you could also use I. II, and III in roman numerals
Smart_AlexAph*
Apr 20, 2006

I said 23. I sort of get it. Bah, of course not!
Smart_AlexAph*
Apr 20, 2006

Oh, I get it now :p
petraka
Apr 25, 2006

i thought of 23. : ) that one was good.
tca2
May 04, 2006

Actually I got 22. The question is "How many letters are there." H-O-W-M-A-N-Y-L-E-T-T-E-R-S-A-R-T-H-E-R-E. Just a thought!
Qmeister*ca
May 05, 2006

I thought it was 0 because its a number bot a letter
Qmeister*ca
May 05, 2006

*not
tolkienfan27us*
May 09, 2006

After reading the various comments, I have concluded that there are an infinite number of answers that are all equally correct.
Atypic4l
May 11, 2006

For those of you that answered 23: Your answer has either two digits or eleven letters. The phrase "the answer to this question" does have 23 letters, but if your answer is "23" then you are incorrect.
lukeschettAus*
May 23, 2006

63!!!! I win!!!!
icefire552*us*
Jun 07, 2006

i think we should get the writer here to explain. but when you think about it 0=zero=four letters
kayleeskittiesAus*
Jul 03, 2006

Please explain, where did "four" come from? I understand that "four" {4} has "four" letters to it but how does it pertain to the teaser? I am utterly confused....
pup_tonton
Jul 07, 2006

dont know dont know how dont get it
shadow-x*us*
Jul 14, 2006

i got 24 cause it said "in the answer or watever" and i counted that
HiImDavidAus*
Jul 25, 2006

The question should be "What number has the same number of letters as it is?" That way, 0 would be zero which has 4 letters. 5,000 would be five thousand which would have 12 letters. That is what the question is asking.

However, i thought of an alternative answer, since other people were. "Not one nor two but twenty-five" if you don't count the hyphen as a letter but if you are weird and you do then "Not one nor two but twenty-seven"
teen_wizAca*
Aug 09, 2006

I'm thinkin' exactly the same thing as kayleeskitties. Someone help us all!
josty*us*
Aug 14, 2006

that was tricky, it was very entertaining
sayaah92*us*
Aug 15, 2006

I'm sure it would make sense if it was explained, but as it is, I totally don't get it.
2rubystar2
Oct 14, 2006

That made no sense whatsoever. I get what people are trying to say about "four" or something, but I believe the answer is 23 like a lot of other people. I truly thought this was a dumb and confusing teaser and hope you can come up with the right answer to your own teaser next time.
i_luv_2_readAus**
Oct 21, 2006

i agree with the people who also have no idea where four came from...

please, someone explain how you get four from "How many letters are there in the answer to this question?"

this teaser needs to give us a clue to what the answer IS before we can figure out how many letters there are.....

i got 23 since i read the question as asking how many letters are there in "the answer to this question"....thought i was being clever and tricky....
Icecream-Queen*us*
Nov 12, 2006

hee hee
i love it
there should be a category that is called VERY tricky!
ChristheGreat*us*
Nov 12, 2006

How does that answer the question.
GilmoreGirl63
Nov 24, 2006

I thought it was 23 because I counted the number of letters in 'the answer to this question'. Well, honest mistake!
have_hope605
Nov 25, 2006

confused, well i think i get it, kinda, maybe cuz the #four has4 lettters in it am i right??????
clarinet1293Aus*
Dec 12, 2006

This was creative! I liked it!
smarty008Aus*
Jan 01, 2007

0 as in zero works too
starrychelxAus*
Feb 13, 2007

I thought it was 9... there are 9 letters in "the answer"... but, then again, I'm starting to realize I'm not so good at most of these! ;)
bgil7604Aus
Feb 23, 2007

The answer/ question made no sense whatsoever. First i counted the letters in the question (47), and then got 11 from counting that answer. DON"T MAKE THESE QUESTIONS SO VAGUE!
MadelulabelleAus*
Mar 14, 2007

That was really easy once I thought it out. Great teaser, keep them coming!
And you silly people commenting on this, 4 is the only plausible answer.
nerdyiscool*us*
Apr 30, 2007

No duh, it's 25...
T H E A N S W E R T O T H I S
Q U E S T I O N

(Again, a prime example of nerfhead logic! Tell me if i counted it wrong!)
nerdyiscool*us*
Apr 30, 2007

Oh, I get it now! D'oh!

(Thank you, slow reaction time.)
ICUB42*us*
May 03, 2007

I think this is very tricky. But I actually had a better time reading all of the crazy comments.
ChRmD1Aus*
May 12, 2007

Aww I thought I was being smart saying 23! Dang...
vlermaAus*
May 12, 2007

Maybe cruiser is no longer on the site as so many of you have asked for an explanation of this teaser. Folks what he was asking was the number of letters in the answer to the question. The question was tricky sure, but if you say numbers from one to whatever the only one that has the same number of letters as the word is just what he said it was. One has three letters, two has three letters, three has five letters, four has four letters, five has four letters, six only has three and etc. Sorry to give away the answer to everyone else, but if those of you who questioned this one ever come back to read it again, this was how the "answer" was arrived at.
vlermaAus*
May 12, 2007

Sorry for the dp, but zero does not work because it has four letters, not 0.
amn22492Aus*
May 18, 2007

very clever! it took me a little while to get that one
saltydavidAus*
Jul 13, 2007

I thought "the answer to this question" has 23. Oh well.
javlad27Aus*
Aug 05, 2007

I thought it was 23. I don't get it.
qwertyu63Aus*
Oct 02, 2007

It means in the anwser.
savannahlz9Aus*
Nov 16, 2007

I don't get it
amybookbug
Mar 29, 2008

huh????? i don't get it...
pn_16A*
May 09, 2008

I counted all the letters in:
"the answer to this question"
chakkiAae*
May 27, 2008

ITS WAS REALLY CONFUSING
(user deleted)
Jun 04, 2008

20--you only count the letters that are "answer to this question".
(user deleted)
Jun 05, 2008

I need someone to help me....the answer--I don't understand the explanation. Please reword if you understand.
(user deleted)
Jul 31, 2008

Depending on the language.

in English: four
in German: vier
in Italian: tre
in Russian: три or одиннадцать
gottalovetacsc*us*
Sep 06, 2008

ugh.... thats confusing lol
CindzeyAus*
Nov 06, 2008

Ha! I got that right ;]
Woon1957
May 30, 2009

I get it. Sorta. I don't know how to explain it right...The answer to the question is a number, right?And the number has to have the same number of letters the number itself has right? So four, four letters is the answer. Hope this helps.
RomanG417Aus*
Jul 28, 2009

Possible answers:

0.

Four.

There are forty-nine letters in the answer to this question.

There are seventeen.

There are twenty-five letters.
Lord_HawkAsx*
Sep 22, 2009

Four is the one I got, but you shouldn't rant on about it changing the number of letters.
thebrain789tus*
Jul 01, 2010

This is an old Lenny Conundrum from Neopets. The answer was four or zero.
Marijahru*
Jul 08, 2010

everyone keeps trying to explain about the whole "four" thing... yet no one has answered what on earth that answer has ANYTHING of relevance to do with the question whatsoever.
racoonieboytus*
Jul 16, 2010

Four has four letters. Get it?
cutieluckAus*
Sep 28, 2010

i counted twenty three >: P hmm it wuz okay
SubtoxAus*
Nov 17, 2010

Hopefully this will help anyone who is still stumped.

Notice that the question starts with the phrase "How many", which tells you that the answer will be a number. Any question starting with "How many" will have a number as its answer.

So the idea is to answer with a number, and the only way to be correct is to say a number that has an amount of letters in its name that is the same as the quantity the number itself represents.

For example, say you thought the answer was 1. That's O-N-E, which has three letters. If you say "One" as your answer, this answer has THREE letters in it, which contradicts itself. So the answer can't be "One". Next try "Two": T-W-O, which is a three-letter answer, leading to the same dilemma. Next try "Three": T-H-R-E-E, which has five letters, still no good.

Now try "Four": F-O-U-R. This is a four-letter word. So if your answer is "Four", your answer has four letters. This is correct because the number of letters in the answer, and the quantity the answer denotes, don't contradict each other.

This teaser reminds me of Escher's sketch of two hands drawing each other. One depends on the other. It's sort of a paradox in that way, but in this case it's possible! Very clever. IMO, more of a logic teaser than a trick.
ka-ching*
Jan 29, 2011

Haha! I guessed 23 as well. But "four" was clever. That was fun.
BookwormAnG*
Jun 02, 2011

Confusing at first but very smart teaser
aishali22
Dec 31, 2011

i'm confused where did four come from
i_gilman_hj
May 14, 2012

How about 1,000,000,000. O-N-E-B-I-L-L-I-O-N. 10 letters and digits



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