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


Puzzle ID:#169
Fun:*** (2.86)
Difficulty:** (1.49)
Submitted By:Karin***
Corrected By:bluvsscoobydoo




A cat had three kittens: Mopsy, Topsy and Spot. What was the mother's name.

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Feb 18, 2002

There is no answer to this since no question was asked
Jun 13, 2002

Beelzebub's comment is true.
Aug 26, 2003

May 22, 2005

I can't believe that I didn't catch that.

Oct 22, 2005

this is like those, "railroad crossing whatch out for cars" spell that w/o any r's!! i feel so stupid!!
Oct 27, 2005

I wondered why there wasn't a ?
Oct 28, 2005

there is no question though.
Nov 06, 2005

that could have gone in the trick category and there should have been a question
Nov 07, 2005

I didn't get it until i read the answer. But there isn't a question, so maybe you should reword it. I liked it though.
Nov 12, 2005

If the second sentence is a statement, then what is the answer answering?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Nov 22, 2005

Funny, I liked it!
Nov 25, 2005

i just saw a verry similar riddle on a different site the other day. i think it ws talking about children, but i didn't get it then either.

i think i'm just really tired for getign up at 3 am to go to after-tahnksgiving sales.
Nov 28, 2005

Good one.
Jan 10, 2006

I was totally lost on this one...
Jan 10, 2006

OH my! I just got it DUH!!!
Totally fun ( I hated it at first lol)teaser! rotflmao
Jan 22, 2006

Thump. Ineed to pay more attention! Nice job!
Mar 15, 2006

Hard until you read the hint then it's simple I liked it it's tricky.
Mar 21, 2006

HA HA !!!
Mar 26, 2006

I CAN'T BELIEVE I DIDN'T LISTEN TO THE HINT!!! It was so obvious after I saw the answer... Stupid me...
Mar 28, 2006

Didn't What play second base?
Mar 29, 2006

graet teeser, da answer didnt need to be ther, ther was no question
Apr 05, 2006

i agree with Beelzebub and everyone else that agreed with him/her
Apr 09, 2006

people- the point of no ??? was that the mothers name is what, and if you just read it and dont pay attention to the puncuation first, it makes sense
just let it go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr 14, 2006

i dont get it help
May 09, 2006

It dont' really matter if it was a question or not! It's a brain teaser and thats what this site is for right? to submitt brain teasers! who cares if it wasn't a question, it got all of you didnt' it!? including me!
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Jun 01, 2006

Old and easy
Jun 11, 2006

i didnt get this 1 till i looked at the hint. i think i herd this 1 b4 though...its a good 1
Jul 07, 2006

great i didnt get it
Jul 07, 2006

when u said punctuation i thought it was calma bcause u 4got 2 put one after topsy. good and clevr
Jul 21, 2006

Sad to say, but you got me on that one! This was a good one!
Jul 27, 2006

heard this one before - i was totally stumped the first time i heard it. the guy kept saying 'what was the mother's name' and i got so confused...
Aug 09, 2006


I can't believe I didn't get it after the hint. I got it after I saw the answer though...! Heh.

Anyways, I don't support the above suggestions that this was not a real question or whatever. It's a trick, and it probably tricked those people, and they should just chuckle and get over it!
Sep 06, 2006

haha. easy. but whats scary: its the GIRLS that have most the problems getting it!! C'mon, we're supposed to be the smart ones! lol!
Sep 29, 2006

But there wasn't a real question so how can there be an answer?
Nov 22, 2006

I like that.
Dec 08, 2006

very clever you got me there.
Dec 28, 2006

that was good, but there should have been some sort of question. I liked it!
Feb 13, 2007

I get it. Clever.
Mar 16, 2007

Great one!

Apr 24, 2007

excuse me there was no question to answer for this riddle how were we supposed to know the question was what was the mothers i say this is not very good sorry
May 07, 2007

I don't get
Nov 13, 2007

really old and easy
Nov 25, 2007

Old and already in many copyrighted books
Mar 30, 2008

there's no aswer to this
you were just stating the mom's name
Jun 20, 2008

the hint gave it away
Nov 24, 2009

not vey good i read one in a book and it was way better there isnt even an answer 2 it there was no question..
Dec 29, 2009

Mar 18, 2010

Though I doped this out, I agree with those who pointed out that, since no qestion was really asked, this riddle had no answer. And kudos to the commenter who remembered that in the classic Bud Abbot/Lou Costello routine, "Who's on First," "What" was indeed the second-basseman.
Mar 18, 2010

I thought this was very easy. I've seen or heard many of these trick type quizes. But it makes you think for a couple of seconds,
Mar 18, 2010

What? a strange name.
Mar 18, 2010

Mar 18, 2010

Of course, I agree with those who pointed out that there was no question to answer, but that was the trick. Our brains "assume" that the word What was making that statement into a question and we tend to ignore the punctuation because we are already working on the possible answer. I liked the teaser.
Mar 18, 2010

I agree with IrishChick...the brain is already trying to figure it out because of "what." I noticed right away that there was no question mark and then the answer hit me. Great teaser!
Mar 18, 2010

I needed the hint, shame on me.
Mar 18, 2010

I agree with everyone that said there was no question, so this riddle can have no answer. There are two statements presented - that's all. Where's the riddle?
Mar 18, 2010

Just to add, the "answer" could just as well have been Topsy. Why not?
Mar 18, 2010

With all the poor grammar floating around nowadays, I assumed the period was unintentional; I had to look at the hint to understand.

Interesting idea for a riddle, but I agree with the others: technically there is no question here.
Mar 18, 2010

same as the others: no question.
nice teaser, though
Mar 18, 2010

How does reading the hint imply the answer, to have an answer,there has to be a question,since no question is asked, there can be no answer ?Braingle answer is thus illogical.
Mar 18, 2010

I had already heard this one somewhere else. Kinda easy, considering Braingle is very strict about errors. Still fun!
Mar 18, 2010

I didn't get it at first, but I finally figured out.
Mar 18, 2010

I understand the official answer, but what about Spom? Think about it: Topsy is Spot backwards plus Y, so Mopsy would be Spom backwards plus Y.
Mar 19, 2010

As most have figured out, this is Not a trick and there really is no answer since there was no question. Only a statement of fact.

I think what this shows is most people today ignore punctuation if they even use it at all. And Braingle showed they're fallible by providing an answer where there is no question instead of an explanation.
Mar 19, 2010

Got it!
Jun 30, 2010

hahah!! how cute is this??!! lol --> love it!
Sep 28, 2010

easssy.... : P
Oct 11, 2010

There's no answer because there is no question. Stop hurting our brains.
Mar 26, 2011

I thought it was "she", because of the saying, "Who's she, the cat's mother?". I liked it.
Mar 18, 2013

Old and lame!
Mar 18, 2013

Old, lame, easy, and given away by the fact that "What was the mother's name" is followed by a period rather than q
Mar 18, 2013

Old, easy,and fundamentally dishonest, since, as others have pointed out, no question has beeen asked to which the word "What" would be an snswer.
Mar 18, 2013

Beating a dead horse here, but I have to agree that since no question was asked there can be no answer. These were simply two statements. Yes it was a trick in that we were intended to think it was a question. Aside from that, my main complaint is again that with all the new materiel that is out there, the "Teaser o the Day" is instead an 8 year old dud (It befuddles me how it got a 3-star rating).
Mar 18, 2013

All I can say is GIVE ME A BREAK. Old and worn out.
Mar 18, 2013

Sorry, folks, but I must be in a different mood from most other people. It just made me laugh. Of course, each of you is correct - it was a silly trick. Have a great day!!
Mar 18, 2013

I had decided that "A cat" must have been the mother's name, but I was wrong since her name was "What" even though there was no question asked!
and No, I didn't pay any attention as to the punctuation! (and I am a retired teacher!)
Mar 07, 2016

I would have preferred:

Answer: "What" is the mother's name. I already told you that.
Mar 29, 2016

Why do I always attempt these before coffee? answer: ???
Mar 29, 2016

It's a fun teaser. It's challenging, cute, innovative, and a "trick".

Live with it.

And love and cherish Braingle for giving us the opportunity to discuss it thusly, even though Braingle is dying because most of you fail to realize or deal with that opportunity.

Here's a couple of other things related to possible contemporary changes in grammar and punctuation "rules":

01. Should a comma be placed - in a series or group of items - before the last item and prior to a qualifier such as "and" or "or"?

This teaser is a good example and has inflamed some commenters as to usage. Are there three items (Mopsy, Topsy, and Spot) or are there two items (Mopsy, Topsy and Spot)?

Some writers, editors, and language mavens are using the extra comma to reduce confusion about the number of items.

02. Should a sentence stop (., ?, !, etc.) be placed inside or outside a final quotation mark (")? Again, some users now prefer placing it inside OR outside the quotation mark to clarify whether the sentence stop refers to just the item within quotation marks or refers to the entire sentence.

Check it out.

US (the BunnyBunch, again)
Mar 29, 2016

Loud groan!
Mar 29, 2016

Why is there an answer, when no question was asked?
Mar 29, 2016

I LOVED it! I thought the answer was A CAT.

A cat had three kittens...

Thanks for a good laugh!

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