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# Alphabet Soup

Jeremy sat down at the table, and prepared to eat his alphabet soup for brunch. Before putting anything in his mouth, Jeremy took out all of the letters in the bowl, and separated them into groups on his napkin. After counting them, he realized that there were:

3- I, K, V, X, and Z's.

6- A, D, F, L, and R's.

7- B, C, M, N, P, Q, S, T, U, W, and Y's.

8- E, G, H, J, and O's

Jeremy went ahead and ate 4 of the letters, all 4 of them were vowels. Then he fed 2 consonants to his dog. Then he picked out the letters in his name, from the napkin, and spelled his name further down from the rest of the letters: JEREMY

After that, he recounted the letters from the soup, before putting them all back in the bowl. He did not put his spelled name back in the bowl. There were:

2- I's.

3- K, V, X and Z's.

4- E's.

5- R's.

6- A, D, F, Q, L, Y, B and M's.

7- C, J, N, O, P, S, T, U, and W's.

8- G and H's.

QUESTION: Which 4 vowels did Jeremy eat, and which 2 consonants did he feed his dog?

3- I, K, V, X, and Z's.

6- A, D, F, L, and R's.

7- B, C, M, N, P, Q, S, T, U, W, and Y's.

8- E, G, H, J, and O's

Jeremy went ahead and ate 4 of the letters, all 4 of them were vowels. Then he fed 2 consonants to his dog. Then he picked out the letters in his name, from the napkin, and spelled his name further down from the rest of the letters: JEREMY

After that, he recounted the letters from the soup, before putting them all back in the bowl. He did not put his spelled name back in the bowl. There were:

2- I's.

3- K, V, X and Z's.

4- E's.

5- R's.

6- A, D, F, Q, L, Y, B and M's.

7- C, J, N, O, P, S, T, U, and W's.

8- G and H's.

QUESTION: Which 4 vowels did Jeremy eat, and which 2 consonants did he feed his dog?

### Hint

Look at the remaining sets of letters, the ones left, after Jeremy ate 4 and fed 2 to his dog. Try to discover which letters now have less than before Jeremy ate 4 and fed 2 to his dog.### Answer

He ate two E's, one I and one O. He fed his dog one B, and one Q. Don't believe me? Try it on a piece of paper! Write down all of the answers in the soup. Cross out the letters required to spell Jeremy. Then after reading the remaining letters in the soup, find the letters that were knocked down by one number. Cross out those. But I promise this is the answer!Hide Hint Show Hint Hide Answer Show Answer

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## Comments

Mar 31, 2004

I don't get this teaser. What happened to the other letters? Maybe are some errors here. In the first set of letters are there 4 or 6 Rs? Are we supposed to add 4 and 6? Are there 8 or 4 Es? In the second set are there 6 or 7 Ys? I suppose these are typos and that we can ignore the "4- R and E's" and the "7 Y's". Even so, originally there were 8 Os and only 1 after recounting. Looks like Jeremy ate more than 4 vowels. I also think the dog ate B, Q & R.

There's something wrong with this one. somthing's going on with the second set of letters. I don't think it will work out.

There are 4 E's missing in the 2nd set of letters, because there are 2 E's in Jeremy's name, and he ate 2 E's. That makes 4. Also there is 1 I missing and 1 O missing because these are the other 2 that jeremy ate. There is a B and a Q missing from the second set, which gives away the fact that those are the 2 that the dog ate. There is also a J, R, M and a Y missing because these were in Jeremy's name. Remember, He didn't put his name back in the bowl

hold up, I see what you're saying. I don't think thats how I typed it in because I know I didn't add more than one of each letter! Are the editors allowed to change riddles?

yummy idea but more of logic than math to me...

I'm still confused...

There seem to be inconsistencies with the answer.

Example:

In the first set of letters there are 8 O's, yes? In the second set of letters, there is just 1 O. If he only ate 1 (and there are no O's in JEREMY), what happened to the other 6 O's?

There seem to be inconsistencies with the answer.

Example:

In the first set of letters there are 8 O's, yes? In the second set of letters, there is just 1 O. If he only ate 1 (and there are no O's in JEREMY), what happened to the other 6 O's?

I don't see how this works. Jeremy starts out with 170 letters. Then he eats 4 and gives 2 to his dog. Now he has 164 letters. He sets aside 6 letters (each letter in his name). This gives him a total of 158 letters in which he puts back in the bowl. Well thats is what it is supposed to be. In the end, according the the letters he counts in the bowl, Jeremy only has 149 letters in the bowl. What happened to the other nine letters? Maybe I missed something, but as for now I don't get it.

I'm confused by the comments. Have the editors changed the puzzle after the comments were made? Why are you saying there is only 1 O when it clearly says there were 7 O's. On the face of it, the puzzle seems OK to me. Very easy too.

Here is the way it is at this writing:

1st set:

3- I, K, V, X, Z

6- A, D, F, L, R

7- B, C, M, N, P, Q, S, T, U, W, Y

8- E, G, H, J, O

2nd set:

2- I (1 gone)

3- K, V, X, Z

4- E (4 gone)

5- R (1 gone)

6- A, D, F, L

6- Q, Y, B, M (1 each gone)

7- C, N, P, S, T, U, W

7- J, O (1 each gone)

8- G, H

The previous comments seem to indicate that this is not a suitable kind of teaser, as it becomes confusing when errors are suspected, and, at best, is tedious and uninteresting anyhow.

1st set:

3- I, K, V, X, Z

6- A, D, F, L, R

7- B, C, M, N, P, Q, S, T, U, W, Y

8- E, G, H, J, O

2nd set:

2- I (1 gone)

3- K, V, X, Z

4- E (4 gone)

5- R (1 gone)

6- A, D, F, L

6- Q, Y, B, M (1 each gone)

7- C, N, P, S, T, U, W

7- J, O (1 each gone)

8- G, H

The previous comments seem to indicate that this is not a suitable kind of teaser, as it becomes confusing when errors are suspected, and, at best, is tedious and uninteresting anyhow.

i liked it. it was easy and fun.

I vote for "tedious and uninteresting". Yuck.

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