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# Fish Length

A fish has a tail as long as its head and a quarter the length of its body. Its body is 3 quarters of its total length. Its head is 4 inches long.

How long is the fish?

How long is the fish?

### Answer

128 incheshead = 4 inches

body = 96 inches

tail = 28 inches

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Thats one big fish!

tasty too!

This teaser is wrong. There is no answer. The given answer does not have a tail as long as the head. The given answer does not have a tail that is a quarter the length of its body.

The first two statements require a head and tail each one tenth the length of the fish. The third statement requires a head and tail one eighth the length of the fish. There is no solution.

The only real mysteries here are:

1) How did this teaser get approved with such a glaring error?

2) How come in almost seven years nobody has pointed out the error?

The first two statements require a head and tail each one tenth the length of the fish. The third statement requires a head and tail one eighth the length of the fish. There is no solution.

The only real mysteries here are:

1) How did this teaser get approved with such a glaring error?

2) How come in almost seven years nobody has pointed out the error?

The teaser states the fish has a tail the length of its head (4 inches) plus one quarter of its body (24 inches), which is 28 inches, exactly the length of the tail.

I am not sure where your confusion is.

The teaser is fine.

I am not sure where your confusion is.

The teaser is fine.

No, it doesn't say "plus", it says "and" as in also. I reread it four or five times before posting my comment to see if I could figure out what you meant. Your intended interpretation never occurred to me.

The teaser's unclear at best, although I think my interpretation is the natural one.

The teaser's unclear at best, although I think my interpretation is the natural one.

well seeing as your interpretation is the first of its kind in 7 years, as you pointed out, then it is safe to assume it is definitely not the "Natural" one.

Well, I thought the teaser was OK, but I had the same confusion with what the problem was. I thought there wasn't a solution, but I did finally figure out what the teaser meant to ask. The wording could definitely be improved.

Definitely awkwardly worded but I figured it out anyway. Reasonable puzzle apart from the plus/and mixup.

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