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Puzzle ID:#8366
Fun:*** (2.92)
Difficulty:*** (2.71)
Submitted By:electronjohn*us****
Corrected By:MarcM1098




Fred went to a hardware store in Boston with Alex, Ben, and George. He noted that a hammer cost ten times as much as a screwdriver and a power saw cost ten times as much as a hammer. The storekeeper said that Ben could buy a power saw, George could buy a screwdriver and Alex could buy a hammer. Based on this what would the storekeeper let Fred buy?

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Nov 14, 2002

There's no pattern.... The answer is completely unrelated to the puzzle.
Nov 14, 2002

ye sit is! he went to the store with George Alex and Ben, ie the picture of George Alex and Ben on the $1, $10 & $100 bills, hence he had 1 + 10+ 100 = $111.00.
George Alex and Ben were not people but money.
I'm English and it makes sense to me even though I don't use this money.
Nov 14, 2002

The Goerge gives it away but I really liked it!
Nov 15, 2002

Thanks. This is one of mine, not copied from a book, and I worked with it for a while trying to balance it between being too hard and too easy. I am sure it could be rewritten to make it better, but at this one I am probably too close to it to make any useful improvements. Your comment about George making it too easy is a good one. I had thought about the before submitting it, since George is not a very common name, but without it will this teaser become too hard? Feel free to PM me with any other suggestions or improvements that you guys may have for this one. Thanks for reading it.
Nov 21, 2002

That was great!!
Nov 26, 2002

lol, ccreative
Nov 28, 2002

Dec 06, 2002

good one!
Dec 20, 2002

cute! :-)
Dec 22, 2002

This will help, when you ask what fred could buy, ask why. Some people might say that he could buy all three, but not even know why.
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Dec 22, 2002

This brain teaser is a bit unfair for readers outside of the USA, as we have no idea what pictures of persons are printed on your banknotes!
Dec 22, 2002

I like this teaser
Dec 22, 2002

it makes sense to me but not very fair to those who dont use American Money
Dec 30, 2002

You guys are right about this one being unfair to everyone outside of the USA. Sorry about that. Guess I should have included a clue that Fred lived in the USA like "Fred went to a hardware store in Boston...".
Jan 22, 2003

What if you are not Amercian, and don't know who's face is on the American bills? I am Canadian and I didn't know!
Feb 06, 2003

Very clever. This is this best trick teaser I've ever read.
Feb 11, 2003

That was good. Especially for an original. In the future, don't go easy on em! Go for the gusto! (Or would that constitute a Brain Buster?)
Mar 19, 2003

Very nice! And oh, my Dad's name is George so it wasn't the George that tipped me off.
Jun 30, 2003

This trick is not international enough. Noone outside the USA knows what those things are.
Jun 30, 2003

Coolbrain- what are you talking about?
Before you criticise someone elses comment
a) Speak English
b) Understand who you are exactly criticising. I am Australian and I found the teaser difficult because I do not use USA currency. I think your comments on Canadians smack of racism.
It was a good teaser, but not international enough.
Sep 13, 2003

I think there's a typo in the title.
Dec 15, 2003

Great but I struggled because I am English and don't use dollars
Dec 22, 2003

well there is no mention of a fred so i don't know how he could buy any thing good one though keep trying to stump me!!LOL
Dec 22, 2003

Who says these teasers have to be international? If there was a bloody joke about a pound, I wouldn't complain. Bugger!!!
Dec 23, 2003

The best problems make the solver feel stupid at the end. This did that for me.
Mar 25, 2004

you ba
Sep 13, 2004

Dec 24, 2004

Dec 24, 2004

hahaha this is a great one... very creative. i didn't get it tho, until i looked at the answer.
Dec 24, 2004

I didn't get it because I go through money so fast I never get a chance to see whose picture is on it.
Dec 24, 2004

Wow!!! The hint only confused me more. ^_^ Then again I'm having quite the blonde moment this morning. ^_^
Dec 24, 2004

Well, I didn't have a clue because I don't know American money well enough. But I don't mind. It was a really good teaser and I might not have gotten it even if I was American.
Dec 24, 2004

I don't get some puzzle-solvers, who seem to expect that every puzzle must relate to their realm of experience! I'm from the US, but I don't carry $100 bills to know who's on one! But that doesn't distract from my appreciation of this clever puzzle!
Dec 24, 2004

great teaser
Dec 24, 2004

this is the best one i have seen on this site so far. I was afraid it was going to be a stupid answer like all the rest so I just looked at the answer. I wish I would have given it some thought now. good riddle
Dec 24, 2004

That was very very tricky, but lots of fun. Can you do that again?
Dec 24, 2004

Maybe they should split this site up internationally so that people can have brain teasers that relate to their own country's customs,government,etc.!!!!!!!

I didn't catch on to the whole money thing or else I would have been able to figure it out. Oh well...
Dec 24, 2004

Lol that's cute!!!!
Dec 25, 2004

I love this one it is funny, , I did not even think of the answer that away!
Dec 27, 2004

This is weird clever but weird wish i'd gotten it
Jan 02, 2005

very clever cool
Feb 24, 2005

all phrase the mighty hint which made me get the right annser
Mar 24, 2005

Whaleycm, are you pointing at your head when you say that?
Apr 01, 2005

i would have goten it if i hafd know whats on the 10 but i knew ben frankiln was on the 100 becuse i did a report on him

usles information: ben franklin voted for the turky to be the Amarican national bird instd of the bald eagle

and im not saying that becuse its april 1st u can reserchit yourself if u want
May 30, 2005

see and here i was thinking the answer was "whatever fred wanted' (what self respecting business owner is going to stop a customer purchasing something if they want to?)
May 30, 2005

see and here i was thinking the answer was "whatever fred wanted' (what self respecting business owner is going to stop a customer purchasing something if they want to?)
Jul 22, 2005

i agree with sweetime
Dec 29, 2005

Anather solution is
"the storekeeper let Fred buy the HARDWARE frm his it is a hardware store....

"Elementary my dear watson!!!"
Feb 06, 2006

This was a good teaser, but I think it should have been in the logic category.
Jul 27, 2006

That was great!
Aug 08, 2006

"Yourmom", Could be more mature and explain why you think it is not good oher than saying "It Stinks!" four times in a row? By the way, awesome teaser!
Oct 10, 2006

VERY clever. Pure awesomeness.
Jan 02, 2007

Sorta good, easy if u know the peps on the bills. however, unless u dont know, grorge washinton is a one, not a bill
May 29, 2007

This was a great teaser, but I think there's a typo in the second sentence. It says "The *hammer* cost ten times more than the screwdriver, and the scredriver costs ten times more than the hammer." Should the first hammer say POWERSAW since it uses powersaw later in the puzzle...?
May 29, 2007

WOW OK!!! My bad, it's 30 AM and I think my eyes need some sleep. The puzzle is perfect, forget everything I wrote above ^^^^^^ I'm off to bed. GOOD NIGHT!! zzzzzzzzzz.....
Dec 25, 2007

Whew! lighten up folks; this is just a puzzle, and a good one.
Dec 25, 2007

A twist of an old question, but still very good. Happy Holiday
Dec 25, 2007

Tricky tricky. Clever teaser. Merry Christmas everybody.
Dec 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!
Good teaser.
Dec 25, 2007

Very good. I didn't think of dollar bills.
Dec 25, 2007

wait, what? oh I get it!
good teaser, i guess i don't function in the morning
Dec 25, 2007

hahaha..weird...but interesting...
Dec 25, 2007

Too Hard!!!
Dec 25, 2007

This is a really good one. I was thinking along the lines of "whatever he wants, and has enough money for."
Dec 25, 2007

I live in the US and still didn't get it. I would have never guessed the presidents. It was a good teaser, you sure got me. Thanks for the post. Happy Holidays.

Dec 25, 2007

There were too many complaints to bother reading all the answers.
When I saw the answer I got it and
I am a Canadian & I should know
what presidents etc are on our Neighbours' Bills. This could be looked up on line. He did say the
store was in Boston. So............. It's Christmas! Kwitcherbellyachin' All!
Good Teaser! We need to read up
on American Currency. Happy December 25th!! To All!
Dec 25, 2007

Sorry 2nd. posting.

Electicjohn you caused quite a stir.
Good Teaser if I didn't say above!

I am a Mom. The other Mom who
wrote "it stinks" 4 times is more
like a Moron. Very repetetive, too
much Christmas Cheer ???
Dec 25, 2007

Gotta love it! Fabulous teaser! Didn't get it for a bit there, but I love it! Going in my faves 4 sure!

And 2 all u complainers out there, it's a trick riddle! It's supposed to be that way!
Dec 25, 2007

You can see how BAD the use of credit cards is!!!
We can't even picture our own dollar bills anymore!

Excellent teaser: I didn't get it (I didn't think outside the box).

Merry Christmas!!!
Dec 25, 2007

Fred may well have gone into a hardware store in Boston in Lincolnshire, England and not Boston MA.
Dec 25, 2007

I guessed the nails. Whizzzz!!
Dec 25, 2007

Great teaser! Merry Christmas!
Dec 25, 2007

Boston is also a place in england as lots of places in america are named after places in england, this makes it difficult if you live here.
Dec 25, 2007

i thought he only went with alex and ben and george was the name of the hardware store my mistake
Dec 25, 2007

With this one I suppose you could infer Alex Ben and George are actual people, and the answer would be that Fred can buy anything so long as he has the money. It'd be like that old bus driver teaser where you're the driver, people get on and off, and you're asked what color the driver's eyes are...and they're your color because you're the bus driver and all the random information is just thrown in there to make you forget that.
Dec 26, 2007

I wish I'd looked at the hint!!!
Dec 27, 2007

Thanks for all the comments everyone. I am honored to have one of my teasers picked as the Christmas teaser. This teaser does get a lot of people upset for some reason.

I agree it would be better to use "Boston, Massachusetts" instead of just Boston. But that said I think it is fair to say that the USA Boston is much bigger and better known around the world than the original Boston in England. Nothing against Boston England mind you, I am just stating the obvious.

Anyway I am glad many of you enjoyed this one. Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year.
Dec 27, 2007

Apologies, but that was too weird for me.
Dec 28, 2007

Apology accepted.
Jan 04, 2008

Wow, that was reall clever and I do feel like a dope for not getting it.
Feb 02, 2008

It Was extremly easy after the hint and made me feel smart since the diffuculty is so high. Awesome teaser!
Jul 21, 2008

Very creative!
Apr 18, 2010

lol, Very good teaser.
Dec 25, 2010

I'm sorry, but this is a horrible teaser for anyone not American or not familar with American currency. When explained, I understand the trick, but there is no way I could have found the answer myself.
Dec 25, 2010

I'm from U.S., I know who are on which bills, and I didn't get it. But hey, if everyone could get it, then it shouldn't be on this site.

P.S. Not every person on the U.S. currency is a president. Ben Franklin (on the $100 bill) was never president.
Dec 25, 2010

I didn't figure this one out, then I saw the answer and groaned. Simple if you think outside the box.
Dec 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to all.
Dec 25, 2010

think that might have been the most unleading one I have ever tried..make you think..come on its Christmas, and I been up since 5 with a 3 yr old putting toys together. Merry xmas!
Dec 25, 2010

This is a really good teaser. It may be unfair to those outside of America, but it still makes sense to those who ARE in America. It's alright. Not every brain teaser is international... This makes so much sense to me even though I know NOTHING about money XD...

Merry Christmas everyone!!! (though I don't celebrate it)
Dec 25, 2010

Without the hint, I just went huh??? With the hint it became wonderfully easy and I loved it!! Thanks for the teaser! And happy holidays to all!
Dec 25, 2010

Great one. I also love it that people who can't get it use any way they can to put the puzzle down. I have seen many puzzles on here about other countries, but never this much noise about it. Those people need to get a life. .
Nov 26, 2012

I'm Canadian
Dec 25, 2013

Dec 25, 2013

Though I did not solve it, once I read the answer I liked it.
I am not familiar enough with US currency to know who is on what bill.
I don't think I could even say with any degree of certainty who is on the bills I use every day. I just don't pay enough attention
Dec 25, 2013

Though I did not solve it, once I read the answer I liked it.
I am not familiar enough with US currency to know who is on what bill.
I don't think I could even say with any degree of certainty who is on the bills I use every day. I just don't pay enough attention
Dec 25, 2013

Brilliant! I'm from US, and I couldn't get it, even with the hint.
Dec 25, 2013

I tentatively reasoned names w/1 vowel = Power saw, 2 vowels = hammer, 3 vowels = screwdriver- Fred = powersaw.
Jan 06, 2014

Being in the TRICK category, my answer is that the storekeeper would let Fred buy anything he wanted.
Dec 25, 2016

Dec 25, 2016

That was NOT 2.67 difficulty. But I did see 1st comment and they had no clue..
Dec 25, 2016

Enjoyed this fun and easy teaser. Merry Christmas to all my fellow Brainglers.

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