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Re: Riddles « Reply #30 on: April 28, 2008, 06:37 PM »
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Ok, but why is 8 an obvious answer? I can see no reason for it to be 8, unless you misunderstood the question. And Amy, the vast majority of riddles don't try and trick you into misunderstanding the question, and this does not try and do that!
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Re: Riddles « Reply #31 on: April 28, 2008, 06:41 PM »
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Ok, but why is 8 an obvious answer? I can see no reason for it to be 8, unless you misunderstood the question. And Amy, the vast majority of riddles don't try and trick you into misunderstanding the question, and this does not try and do that!


8 is the obvious answer because if there are 4 OTHER couples = 8 OTHER people at the party which means you shake hands with 8 OTHER People. That's why it's the obvious answer. Just what Amy said.
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Re: Riddles « Reply #32 on: April 28, 2008, 06:45 PM »
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I haven't worked it out yet though. I notice no one has guessed at any of the other riddles at all lol If anyone else gets Yamor's first one I'll be very impressed.
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Re: Riddles « Reply #33 on: April 28, 2008, 06:50 PM »
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It seems everyone has misunderstood my riddle. Let me explain:
i have never said everyone shook everyone else's hand. All i said was that some handshakes took place.
What i don't understand is, if you thought i meant everyone shook everyone else's hands, then how could each person (in the riddle!) give a different answer when asked how many hands they shook?
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Re: Riddles « Reply #34 on: April 28, 2008, 06:52 PM »
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It seems everyone has misunderstood my riddle. Let me explain:
i have never said everyone shook everyone else's hand. All i said was that some handshakes took place.
What i don't understand is, if you thought i meant everyone shook everyone else's hands, then how could each person (in the riddle!) give a different answer when asked how many hands they shook?


Well I know that, but 8 is the obvious first guess as it's the maximum. It has to be between 0 and 8, but it could be any of those numbers. That's what I don't get with the riddle. Surely it's just guess work..... I suppose it'll make sense when we get the answer.
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Re: Riddles « Reply #35 on: April 28, 2008, 07:01 PM »
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Very good! Care to tell us your method?
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Re: Riddles « Reply #36 on: April 28, 2008, 07:02 PM »
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I don't get why Yamor, please explain. As far as I can tell, if 9 people gave different answers ANY of them could shake hands between 0 and 8 times.
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Re: Riddles « Reply #37 on: April 28, 2008, 07:16 PM »
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Bear with me because its quite complicated:

since everyone gave different answers, and 9 people were asked the question, and there are only 9 possible answers, it follows that each possibility from zero to 8 was given.
Now, the person who answered '8' must be married to the '0', because to shake 8 people's hands it must be you shook everyone's hands (except, obviously yourself and your spouse), and the zero didn't shake anyone's hands, so the zero must be married to eight. Subtracting out, the 7 must be married to the 1, and the 6 to the 2, and 5 to the 3. That leaves your wife with having answered 4.

I could equally well have asked how many hands you shook, and the answer to that is also 4, since you obviously shook 5, 6, 7, and 8's hands, but noone elses.
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Re: Riddles « Reply #38 on: April 28, 2008, 07:17 PM »
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But i'd like to know chris how you got it?
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Re: Riddles « Reply #39 on: April 28, 2008, 07:17 PM »
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But i'd like to know chris how you got it?

EDIT: I can't delete this double post for some reason...
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Re: Riddles « Reply #40 on: April 28, 2008, 07:22 PM »
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I seriously cannot believe that! Its like these kid stories where a child is born with an innate capability to just say the answer to long multiplication, without any working!
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Re: Riddles « Reply #41 on: April 28, 2008, 07:23 PM »
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Oh i see! Seems really obvious now! Oops!
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Re: Riddles « Reply #42 on: April 28, 2008, 07:24 PM »
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But its beautiful, no. Its one of my favorite riddles...
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Re: Riddles « Reply #43 on: April 28, 2008, 07:30 PM »
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What about my first riddle earlier, did you get a buzzing about that one?
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Re: Riddles « Reply #44 on: April 28, 2008, 07:36 PM »
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Nice quick deleting, neil! Don't say i'm wrong so quickly next time! lol
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