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 one year 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?
 one year 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?

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freethinker
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0you can start counting

freethinker
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0lol eyad. wow you just threw it out like that

jazy
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1You do well my pupil (; lol

freethinker
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I was going to let her count and then at the end of the calculation ask her why did she count LOL

jazy
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1I knew the answer... I'm just posting up riddles at the moment. (:

oldrin.bataku
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2It'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.

freethinker
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0that is not what riddle is about, @oldrin.bataku you solve it by what you are given.

jazy
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1That'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.

jazy
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Exactly what thinker said.

oldrin.bataku
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2I 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.

iforgot
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0did any of the sacks have money in them

jazy
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1That 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.

jazy
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1lol @iforgot maybe cats had money hidden. :P

iforgot
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0logic right ... thats y ppl will start counting

jazy
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1I think I'll close the post now. (:
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