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A Boy and His Ducks

Logic puzzles require you to think. You will have to be logical in your reasoning.

 

Puzzle ID:#8440
Fun:*** (2.33)
Difficulty:* (0.78)
Category:Logic
Submitted By:electronjohn*us****
Corrected By:Tammy93

 

 

 



A boy, walking home some ducks, was asked how many he had. He replied,
"When in line, there are two ducks ahead of a duck, two ducks behind a duck, and one duck in the middle." How many ducks had he?





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Comments

electronjohn*us*
Nov 18, 2002

Would this have been harder if I had used cows instead of ducks? 8^)
bluetwo*
Nov 22, 2002

it would have been harder if the boy collected busts of famous people. then he'd have "two heads ahead of a head; two heads behind a head; and a head in the middle." =D
the_smart_one
Nov 23, 2002

That was easy!
electronjohn*us*
Nov 25, 2002

Yea, I got it from a book of riddles that is 100years old. Sometimes people think the answer is 5 because they think two in front plus two in back plus one in the middle equals 5. But I guess over the last hundred years we have gotten better at solving riddles!
jimbo*au*
Mar 22, 2003

Good one! Caught me out. Even after I saw the answer I still had to think why it wouldn't also be 5 but then the penny dropped. I like it!
riazl
Jun 05, 2003

But why would 5 not be right?
tec_ocd
Jan 10, 2004

so one cow in the middle means theres only one cow that isnt on an end? somebody might think middle meant same number of cows on either end. and if a person also thought "a cow" reffered to the same cow all the time then he might think there was five cows and have to write a reaaly long comment to try to make myself not look stupid
-"are you sure you read a book peter? are you sure it wasnt... nothing?"
chickwithbrains**
Aug 16, 2007

yay! got it!
and I LOVE ducks!!!
kamyl_pretty05
Nov 12, 2011

I knew it since 7 yrs old



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