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## A Man and the Club

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

 Puzzle ID: #495 Fun: (2.72) Difficulty: (1.59) Category: Trick Submitted By: Sydgal47 Corrected By: Stormcrafter

Tim really wants to join the new luxury fitness club that opened up downtown. The only problem is that to join you have to sign up at the desk and, to get inside, you have to answer a riddle. He thinks this won't be too hard. The guy in line before him goes up to the security guard. The guard says "six", and he answers back "three". The guard lets him in. The next lady goes up and the guard says "twelve". She says "six" and goes in. Now it is Tim's turn. The guard says "four" and Tim, thinking he was so smart, says "two". The guard says "you're wrong". What should he have said?

He should have said FOUR.
SIX has THREE letters. TWELVE has SIX letters. FOUR has FOUR letters.

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 rkb-1961 Aug 04, 2001 This is an example of a well known mathematical black hole. Take ANY number you want and count the characters. Write this out and count the characters of the result. And so on... You`ll converge to FOUR and get stuck there. An example: 2416 Two thousand fourhundred sixteen --> 19 Nineteen --> 8 Eight --> 5 Five --> 4 Four --> 4 bluetwo May 30, 2002 go figure: http://www.braingle.com/teaser.php?id=1680 canu Jul 14, 2004 One thing this teaser demonstrates is that Braingle ought to provide a spelling checker to those who submit teasers, and/or the editors ought to use one. npf2005 Feb 14, 2006 this is a sort of duplicate. others have things at the end like: guard says: 9 Guy says 4 1/2 Vigo95 Apr 17, 2006 four and a half ??????????? i don't get it . half a letter , what ? yoshinode Apr 23, 2006 I really think this teaser goes into the trick, logic, SOMETHING, other than this section. solarsistim321 Dec 11, 2006 Exact duplicate but the story changed... but congrats for getting it in most can't get dups in! Smart_Alex Mar 01, 2007 When I looked at the answer and saw certain words capitalized, I felt stupid like you were putting emphasis on the answer. lol That's just me though. Not bad. lmurray Sep 13, 2007 I AM SURE THIS IS A DUPLICATE. annvie9 Jun 07, 2008 I could've sworn i saw another one of these on braingle! Flamey500 Jan 05, 2010 Have I not seen the same exact thing before? wattsofawesome Mar 07, 2010 I'm fairly certain that this teaser was submitted first, making the other one a duplicate, and this the original. I loved it! Keep up the good work! thebrain789 Jun 30, 2010 There's a duplicate of this. And yes, rkb-1961, I know about that "mathematical black hole."