## jazy 2 years ago As I was going to St. Ives I met a man with seven wives. Each wife had seven sacks, Each sack had seven cats, Each cat had seven kits; Kits, cats, sacks and wives, How many were going to St. Ives?

1. freethinker

you can start counting

1 lol

3. freethinker

lol eyad. wow you just threw it out like that

4. jazy

lol

lol sry :s

6. jazy

You do well my pupil (; lol

7. freethinker

I was going to let her count and then at the end of the calculation ask her why did she count LOL

8. oldrin.bataku

Indeterminate.

9. jazy

I knew the answer... I'm just posting up riddles at the moment. (:

keep on !!! ^_~

11. oldrin.bataku

It's ambiguous and lacks information. Are they all coming with the man to St. Ives? Are we only counting kits, cats, sacks, and wives? or do the narrator and the man count? etc. This is a pretty old math riddle but it's not a real math problem since it's so poorly defined.

12. freethinker

that is not what riddle is about, @oldrin.bataku you solve it by what you are given.

13. jazy

That's why its a riddle, I never said it was a math problem. "As I was going to St. Ives". The only one we can infer is traveling to St.Ives is the narrator.

14. jazy

Exactly what thinker said.

15. oldrin.bataku

I know very well what this riddle is about and you're correct that problems are solved from what is given. Inferring is assuming, however, and assumptions do not necessarily hold. Coming from math backgrounds I'm surprised you don't understand the importance of precise language in specifying the problem and the dire necessity that each step be justified logically.

16. iforgot

did any of the sacks have money in them

17. jazy

That is the original riddle, copied and pasted with no editing. The purpose of a riddle is to make you use logic. Hence it might seem to be missing information, yet it isn't.

18. jazy

lol @iforgot maybe cats had money hidden. :P

19. iforgot

logic right ... thats y ppl will start counting

20. jazy

.-.

21. jazy

I think I'll close the post now. (:

22. iforgot

go go go lol