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jazy

  • 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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  1. freethinker
    • one year ago
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    you can start counting

  2. Eyad
    • one year ago
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    1 lol

  3. freethinker
    • one year ago
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    lol eyad. wow you just threw it out like that

  4. jazy
    • one year ago
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    lol

  5. Eyad
    • one year ago
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    lol sry :s

  6. jazy
    • one year ago
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    You do well my pupil (; lol

  7. freethinker
    • one year ago
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    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
    • one year ago
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    Indeterminate.

  9. jazy
    • one year ago
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    I knew the answer... I'm just posting up riddles at the moment. (:

  10. Eyad
    • one year ago
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    keep on !!! ^_~

  11. oldrin.bataku
    • one year ago
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    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
    • one year ago
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    that is not what riddle is about, @oldrin.bataku you solve it by what you are given.

  13. jazy
    • one year ago
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    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
    • one year ago
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    Exactly what thinker said.

  15. oldrin.bataku
    • one year ago
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    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
    • one year ago
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    did any of the sacks have money in them

  17. jazy
    • one year ago
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    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
    • one year ago
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    lol @iforgot maybe cats had money hidden. :P

  19. iforgot
    • one year ago
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    logic right ... thats y ppl will start counting

  20. jazy
    • one year ago
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    .-.

  21. jazy
    • one year ago
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    I think I'll close the post now. (:

  22. iforgot
    • one year ago
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    go go go lol

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