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a riddle

Postby stockton_joans » Mon Jul 13, 2009 4:49 pm UTC

twin brothers, born in march but had their birthdays in april.
one was 20 and the other was 22
they grew up and married each other

explain.

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Re: a riddle

Postby quintopia » Mon Jul 13, 2009 4:59 pm UTC

Spoiler:
  • they weren't in the same family
  • either they were preachers or lived in a place that allows same-sex marriage
  • either the calendar was shifted sometime after they were born or they chose to celebrate their birthdays on a different day than they were born for some other reason.

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Re: a riddle

Postby stockton_joans » Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:03 pm UTC

Spoiler:
they weren't in the same family - wrong
either they were preachers or lived in a place that allows same-sex marriage - correct :D
either the calendar was shifted sometime after they were born or they chose to celebrate their birthdays on a different day than they were born for some other reason. - wrong


everyone always gets that bit first 8)

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Re: a riddle

Postby quintopia » Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:32 pm UTC

my explanations were perfectly valid. please make it clear that by "wrong" you mean "not the answer I was looking for" or I shall cut off your hand for not posting this in 169 puzzles.

In any case, even if they are in the same family, no one said they were from the same set of twins.

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Re: a riddle

Postby jestingrabbit » Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:34 pm UTC

Riddles and lateral thinking puzzles are a little different from the regular logic puzzles. Noone is at any real risk of having their hands cut off.
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Re: a riddle

Postby quintopia » Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:36 pm UTC

true. I don't actually chop off hands. I'm just slightly frustrated that the simplest explanations were rejected.

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Re: a riddle

Postby Moonbeam » Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:17 pm UTC

stockton_joans wrote:twin brothers, born in march but had their birthdays in april.

Spoiler:
They were born in a place called March, sometime in the month of April.




stockton_joans wrote:one was 20 and the other was 22

Spoiler:
Well, you haven't said what the numbers 20 and 22 refer to, so it could be that one of them weighs 20 stone; the other a lil' heavier at 22 stone.

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Re: a riddle

Postby Buttons » Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:31 pm UTC

quintopia wrote:true. I don't actually chop off hands. I'm just slightly frustrated that the simplest explanations were rejected.
That's a little confident, isn't it? Have you proven that there are no simpler explanations?
Moonbeam wrote:
Spoiler:
They were born in a place called March, sometime in the month of April.
Spoiler:
Or they were born in the month of March to a woman named April.

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Re: a riddle

Postby quintopia » Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:37 pm UTC

I thought of the whole "place called March or April" thing too, but I cannot find a single such city.

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Re: a riddle

Postby thicknavyrain » Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:42 pm UTC

Maybe it has something to do with the Russian Calendar being a month off of ours?
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Re: a riddle

Postby Buttons » Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:42 am UTC

quintopia wrote:I thought of the whole "place called March or April" thing too, but I cannot find a single such city.

Here's one.

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Re: a riddle

Postby quintopia » Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:20 am UTC

I had considered using W|A. Shoulda went with my instincts.

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Re: a riddle

Postby Ansain » Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:29 am UTC

Spoiler:
They were born during a march, hence in march, but in the month of april
They were priests and each married the other to his respective wife
One was 20 at some point, one was 22 at some point. you never said this happened at the same point
Why put off till today what you could just as easily get done tomorrow?

I can mathematically prove that 1 equals 0!.

Parts a-x in my plan weren't that important anyways.

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Re: a riddle

Postby stockton_joans » Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:03 am UTC

firstly i would like to apologise for my curtness in response to the first solution, please dont cut off my hand as i am a fan of live music and the capacity for showing ones appreciation for a band via the medium of clapping is considerably reduced by the loss of a hand.

secondly
Spoiler:
Moonbeam was correct, they were born in the town of march in cambridgeshire, U.K.


and thirdly no one has yet deduced the 20/22 part yet so i'll give you a clue

Spoiler:
this riddle is ment to be spoken, rather than written down

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Re: a riddle

Postby Buttons » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:10 am UTC

Ah.
Spoiler:
So one was twenty and the other was twenty too.

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Re: a riddle

Postby stockton_joans » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:14 am UTC

bingo! have a cookie

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Re: a riddle

Postby quintopia » Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:14 pm UTC

okay, see, puns are slightly above average on the hand-choppiness.

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Re: a riddle

Postby jestingrabbit » Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:22 pm UTC

I've gotta agree that that is kinda close to a situation in which someone might have to directly contemplate the sound of one hand clapping.

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Re: a riddle

Postby Ansain » Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:37 pm UTC

my reasoning behind the in march and the 20 / 22 also work, Especially the way you have it written.
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Why put off till today what you could just as easily get done tomorrow?

I can mathematically prove that 1 equals 0!.

Parts a-x in my plan weren't that important anyways.

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Re: a riddle

Postby bjackman » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:16 pm UTC

This riddle is much easier if you read it aloud:

Spoiler:
"One was twenty. The other was twenty too."


edit: sorry, didn't click that spoiler where someone else said the same thing
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Re: a riddle

Postby Madwolf » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:49 pm UTC

So they werent born on March 31 of a leap year? Dang. :cry:


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