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Needed in a Hand

Riddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.


Puzzle ID:#48069
Fun:*** (2.96)
Difficulty:* (1)
Submitted By:PedroArSpAbr***!!
Corrected By:boodler




They use me to build castles, but I'm not a brick.
They use me to make hands, but I'm not a finger.
I'm international, and cosmopolitan. I'm very often in Monte Carlo, Las Vegas, Atlantic City and even in Punta del Este.
I'm not alive but I have 81 hearts.
What am I?

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Oct 09, 2010

Pardon my ignorance, but why do you need cards to make a hand?
Oct 09, 2010

Nice teaser, although it wasn't too hard. JQPublic, in many card games, the cards you hold are called a hand.
Oct 10, 2010

When you play cards - it's called dealing a hand (of cards). I loved this teaser - I didn't guess it though!
Oct 11, 2010

Good job. I enjoyed it. Good job!
Oct 27, 2010

((: hehe i got it
Nov 10, 2010

Very easy!

However! sum of all the hearts should be 91. not 81!!

(1 + 13)*(13/2) = 91
Nov 10, 2010

Every card has 2 two hearts (. 11*(10/5)
Nov 10, 2010

Every card has two hearts (one in each corner), and the king, queen and jack don't have additional heats.
So, 2*13 (for each corner) plus 11*(10/5) = 26+55 = 81

Nov 10, 2010


Every card has two hearts (one in each corner), and the king, queen and jack don't have additional hearts.
So, 2*13 (for each corner) plus 11*(10/2) (sum 1 to 10) = 26+55 = 81

Nov 12, 2010

I didn't get it cuz well i didnt get it
Nov 12, 2010

I didn't get it cuz well i didnt get it
Nov 25, 2010

Ohhhhh....Clever! Very clever.
Dec 09, 2010

Although designs do vary, most common designs of playing cards, including those used in casinos, have two additional pips on each of the face cards. So the number of hearts is 87.

1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10 = 55 pips on the spot cards
2 pips on the Jack, Queen and King = 6
2 suit identifiers in the corners of each card = 26


Otherwise, nice riddle.
Dec 09, 2010

If you want to get technical. They also are not alive, but there are 4 jacks, 4 queens, 4 kings, and 2 jokers, and they have a heart in them. So add 14 more.!!!
Dec 09, 2010

Very good teaser. Easy, but sometimes that's necessary!
Dec 09, 2010

If you REALLY want to get technical, in most card decks, the royal cards (King, Queen & Jack), are wearing outfits that are decorated with whatever their suit is, so you would have to add those hearts as well. However, the number of hearts probably differs from deck to deck, so it would be impossible to give a specific number.
Dec 09, 2010

Whatever the number of hearts, I liked this one! Great teaser!
Dec 09, 2010

LOL, great teaser!
Dec 09, 2010

somehow I knew the answer as soon as I saw the title. just lucky today, It's a fun teaser if only for the comments alone Keep 'em comin'
Dec 19, 2010

Fantastic teaser. I loved it. Well done, Pedro. Thanks for posting.
Feb 22, 2011

yes, a deck of cards are used to build houses or castles. Good Teaser
Dec 09, 2013

As stated (and debated) by many others, the clue regarding the # of hearts is is misleading as it differs from deck to deck. I have decks from several casinos and I am not even sure they are all the same (I will have to go check).

Otherwise a fun (albeit easy) teaser
Dec 09, 2013

The letter A works, up till the last clue...
Dec 09, 2013

I got it!!!
Dec 09, 2013

I caught it from first 2 clues.
Dec 09, 2013

Not bad... Pretty easy, fairly fun.
Dec 10, 2013

I enjoyed it-no interest in the number of hearts, although it is noteworthy how concerned so many are!
Dec 09, 2016

Rather easy due to the names of all the casino towns, but where does building castles come in? If there is anyone around to read this and knows, would you please explain?? Thanks .
Dec 09, 2016

Good morning Babe, some people use cards to physically build a small 3D structure. Do a search for card castle and you will see pictures.
Dec 09, 2016

Dec 09, 2016

Fun teaser and, as usual, some lively comments. Thanks for posting, Pedro!
Dec 09, 2016

A deck of "Standard" Bicycle playing cards has 87 hearts in it.
Dec 09, 2016

Or 61 if you don't count the two hearts in the corners of each card.

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