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One Pair Out of Ten

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

 

Puzzle ID:#34227
Fun:*** (3.05)
Difficulty:** (1.8)
Category:Trick
Submitted By:Sherilynt***
Corrected By:Sherilyn

 

 

 



A very mean king went to a nearby village. He wanted some more slaves to serve him at his royal palace. He decided that if any family in the village had more than five children, he would take them. A cobbler and his wife had ten children. When the king came to take them, the cobbler and his wife begged and begged. Finally the king said, "I see that you have ten pairs of shoes in a box. If you can give each of your children a pair and still leave one pair out of ten in the box, you can keep your children. The cobbler and his wife began to smile at each other. How did they keep all of their children?




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Comments

frank0001h*gb*
Dec 03, 2006

Another variation on an old chestnut.
blondebookwormAus*
Dec 03, 2006

Really clever teaser. You stumped me.
calmsaviorAus*
Dec 03, 2006

I'm tired of it when teasers are just manipulated to look like new ones.
atin_ag*in*
Dec 04, 2006

Really gr88 teasers..
vlermaAus*
Dec 04, 2006

Were they sneakers? Because this tricky one surely was. Neat job.
scallioAus*
Dec 04, 2006

Very funny!
cuteandditzyAus*
Dec 04, 2006

Nice one! I love the teasers that make me laugh when I read them. This one did the trick!
Punk_RockerAus*
Dec 04, 2006

I thought they had the child stand in the box...Oh well, close enough. =]
(user deleted)
Dec 05, 2006

HA HA HA! THTA WAS VERY FUNNY
lukeschettAus*
Dec 05, 2006

Have the kid stand in the box with his shoes on.
Swordoffury1392*us*
Dec 05, 2006

Easy but fun!
bobiscool134*us
Dec 07, 2006

I was thinking of two answers. 1. They kids had more then one pare of shoes. 2. they made more shoes.
senther7Aus*
Dec 08, 2006

LLLLLOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLlLL


you tricked me -_-
nice one!
dolphingurl12Aus*
Dec 19, 2006

Good one, sheri!
I_Write_Books*
Dec 19, 2006

I was thinking along the same line as lukeschett
lavenderAus*
Dec 26, 2006

liked it!!!!!! keep it up!
CoolfreezeAen*
Dec 31, 2006

Great teaser! Sure tricked me!
NoQuestion*
Jan 04, 2007

really origional!
AbsurdHero*us*
Jan 05, 2007

I had him stand in the box too. Same difference.
cloughmeAws*
Jan 05, 2007

Excellent!!!

Had to really think about it!!

Dishhead5Aau*
Jan 05, 2007

i saw it in "Super cool jokes and games for kids" ages ago by Bob Phillips... lol
coachpisco*
Jan 05, 2007

I can't believe I got that one.
craniacAus*
Jan 05, 2007

So did solving this one require thinking outside the box or inside the box? Either way, it stumped me.
katjojoAus*
Jan 05, 2007

I was thinking along the same line of thinking as some of the others have. Stumped me!!

This one was cute and funny!!
notsosmart111Aie*
Jan 05, 2007

Another easy riddle and your answer can go anywaay think more next time!!!!
bradon182001*us*
Jan 05, 2007

This was cute. Really easy, but cute.
Pizzazz2uAus*
Jan 05, 2007

Totally Awesome teaser! The teaser would have fooled me, but I have a super tricky old man, who enjoys throwing situations at me, constantly and I have had this one before. Keep up the tremendously super work!
breathesunshineAus*
Jan 05, 2007

Fun one! Not too hard not too easy for a half asleep brain!
(user deleted)
Jan 05, 2007

It was an ok teaser but it was kinda retarted but thats just my opinion. It was sort of funny tho
StarberryAca**
Jan 05, 2007

Awesome teaser! Well done!
tpkarth*
Jan 05, 2007

Such a mean king!!! I wonder if they could escape from him with a such a trick!!! congrats, u tricked me...
tonjawithaj*us*
Jan 05, 2007

Clever!
auntiesisAus*
Jan 05, 2007

Got me! But, verrrrrry interesting.
katamaster*
Jan 05, 2007

I answered that one of the children had died, so there was enough children to have one pair left over.
amb1912
Jan 05, 2007

Cool i liked it. it made me think and then i found out the answer! i am smart!!!
nightpuppy
Jan 05, 2007

that was a good 1 keep em' comin'
heyman*
Jan 05, 2007

There were too many variations on this one to make it fun. How about the parents? Did they have shoes. Could they have dumped their shoes in the box?
lmurray*cn*
Jan 05, 2007

INTUITIVELY OBVIOUS!
Moon_Girl_
Jan 05, 2007

i thought they made more shoes! GREAT TEASER!!!
mmmcla01A*
Jan 05, 2007

Very easy but still pretty fun!

I knew it before I finished reading it!!
carissker9Agb*
Jan 05, 2007

but u said that each child had to have a pai of shoes not a box.....it doesn't make sense
rehtaehAau*
Jan 05, 2007

I thought that perhaps one/two i guess of them were Siamese twins or something with only on set of legs between them but that is what happens when you think outside the dodecahedron
xmadnetx*br*
Jan 05, 2007

what so the tenth child kept the box not the pair of shoes?
bmoorbruins93*us
Jan 06, 2007

I have to admit, you got me! Very clever.
Cat-Lady*us*
Jan 07, 2007

I didn't think outside the box!! Good teaser
speedqueenkmwAus*
Jan 13, 2007

i don't get it
speedqueenkmwAus*
Jan 13, 2007

Ok, I went back and read it again, duh!
cyberstar5150*us*
Jan 16, 2007

I thought that one of the parents took off their shoes and put it in one of the boxes.

I guess that some riddles just come with more than one answer.
stacyAus*
Jan 28, 2007

that was a good one.
luv2sing101*us*
Feb 05, 2007

i dnt get it!!! grrrrr..... plez explain?????
luv2sing101*us*
Feb 05, 2007

ha i reread it... i get it now. nice one
KellingtonAca*
Mar 15, 2007

I'm snot sure if I get this one...

Wasn't every child supposed to have a pair of "Shoes"?

Did the box substitute as the shoes?

Couldn't they have just had another pair of shoes laying around?

I still don't understand
KellingtonAca*
Mar 15, 2007

OOOOOOOOHHHHH!!!!!

Okay, I get it.

cooltigerr1Aus**
Apr 01, 2007

KINDA CONFUSING...
shopaholicAus*
Apr 09, 2007

ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
aPlatinum**
Apr 14, 2007

clever
Hummingbird1*us*
May 15, 2007

I liked it. Hope to see more like it.
IluvDepp_Bloom**
May 15, 2007

haha!!
cowman12*
Jun 21, 2007

Great teaser! I thought it was one of Indi's!
happyhakAen*
Jul 30, 2007

LOL!!! That was a great teaser! I thought the answer was that 2 children shared a pair!!!
Freezinjoeus*
Sep 26, 2007

Yeah I was thinking that one of the parents put there shoes int the box but that obviously can't be an answer because it says 1 out of 10 pair of shoes must remain in the box. adding a parents shoes would make it 1 out of 11 pairs..
but really good one.
Fire_Shell96*us*
Nov 19, 2007

assuming that the older people had shoes, they could have given the children their shoes.
Calehay*
Nov 02, 2008

Great!
7mi27Aus*
Mar 15, 2009

I thought that one of the kids was a baby and they put the shoes on and put the baby in the box....
MusiK*
Jan 05, 2010

similar to a one I heard before, but nice storyline
doeheadAus*
Jan 05, 2010

As Sherlock would say-Very elementray my dear.
UptheHillA*
Jan 05, 2010

NICE!!!
phyllisa*us*
Aug 27, 2010

Cute, I thought maybe one child was too young to walk and didn't need shoes to wear. That was all I could come up with.
Babe*
Jan 05, 2013

So tired out and old is this one, but apparently some have never seen it before! It is not even a good one and that is only my opinion!
jaycr*us*
Jan 05, 2013

I liked it.
gaylewolfAus*
Jan 05, 2013

Yes, this one was pretty easy!
kitty-cattus*
Jan 05, 2013

To those who don't understand: 9 children each pulled a pair of shoes out of the box. The tenth child took the box, that still had one pair of shoes inside of it. Thus, each kid had a pair of shoes, but one had a pairr that was still inside the box.
HABS2933Aca*
Jan 05, 2013

GS = 4



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