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This children riddle turned out to be too difficult for adults

What can be easier than a riddle about horses, horseshoes and boots? Simple at the first sight, it managed to blow out the internet only in one month.The most frequent answers are 48, 46 and 22... but all of them are wrong! What is your answer?


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843 Comments
Allan Howser
Naw...change it to 21...? Remembering to multiply before adding...damn that algebra, remembering after 65 years is hard!
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Jan 18, 2017 10:17PM
Bridget Bott-Magar
Bridget Bott-Magar
You don't do the multiplication first unless that part of the equation is in parenthesis
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Jan 18, 2017 10:33PM
Kurt Beck
Kurt Beck
21
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Jan 19, 2017 3:05AM
Hope
The answer is 42. The problem is that people don't know that you multiply before you add.
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Jan 19, 2017 1:03AM
William Laughlin
Bridget Magar You are mistaken. There is an acronym to help you remember the order of mathematical operations. That is: PEMDAS or you might chose the mnemonic device, Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally. Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication and Division (done from left to right in the order they appear in the equation), followed by Addition and Subtraction (done from left to right in the order they appear in the equation). The equation has no parentheses or exponents. The only two operations to do are addition and multiplication. Because we must follow the order of operations, multiplication is done prior to addition. Your answer can only be 21.
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Jan 21, 2017 4:40AM
Jon Winter
I disagree. I contend that there is insufficient information to solve. If the values of boots and horseshoes was only dependent on or indicative of how many are on the line of the equation, then why are the three horses separated by plus signs on the first line? They could be expressed just as three horses. Therfore, the symbol of two horseshoes is different than the symbol of one, beyond being twice as many. Same for the boots/boot. There is no reference for what the single symbols represent.
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Jan 18, 2017 9:38PM
Kathleen Woodward Clay
22
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Jan 20, 2017 10:52PM
Allan Howser
I figure 40...
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Jan 18, 2017 10:12PM
Robyn Barnes
This is way simple. The answer is 0.
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Sep 18, 2021 7:16PM
David Heinz
Yes, I got 21.
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Sep 5, 2021 7:18PM
davidfarley
The answer is 21. You always multiply first. It doesn't have to be in parentheses.
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Aug 11, 2020 6:54PM
leehicks
22 is answer. LeeHicks
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Jun 30, 2020 9:53PM
jonbroberts
In the last row the symbols on the first and third item are 1/2 of when they were used earlier. A single horseshoe is 2. A single boot is 1. Then it's multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. 10 x 2 = 20 + 1 = 21
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Jun 17, 2020 7:06PM
jonbroberts
Bridget Bott-Magar, While Anything in parentheses is worked first, the order is always multiplication, division, addition and finally subtraction. That order applies outside the parentheses too.
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Jun 17, 2020 7:01PM
Slinebe10p
21 it was sjmple
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Apr 10, 2020 5:27PM
jude h
Got it. Crucial thing was do the multiplication first.
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Feb 19, 2020 5:00PM
Jeffrey Steven Schrier
The given answer is incorrect because of the way the last line is written. To get the given answer, you would have to put the horse times the horseshoe in parentheses. That would isolate that part of the equation. Without the parentheses, each part of the equation stands alone so the one would be added to the 10 before the multiplication takes place. Therefore 11x2 equals 22.
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Feb 4, 2020 4:22PM
mdougherty
Iancompat, And the answer is: 21
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Jan 19, 2020 11:34PM
mdougherty
Iancompat, Look it up dummy head. Multiplication takes precedence over addition, whether the parentheses are shown in the equation or not!!!!
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Jan 19, 2020 11:33PM
mdougherty
Jon Winter, So the answer will be the same for both equations.
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Jan 19, 2020 11:29PM
mdougherty
Jon Winter, Also there is a rule that multiplication takes precedence over addition, regardless if there are parentheses or not.
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Jan 19, 2020 11:26PM
mdougherty
Jon Winter, I disagree with you. If you ask yourself if, 1 horse +1 horse +1 horse = 30 Then ask yourself: What is the value of 1 horse? = 10 The values of 2 horses = 20 The same questions would apply to the horseshoes and the boots.
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Jan 19, 2020 11:22PM
Iancompat
Your maths is wrong! the multiplication should only occur first if it was in brackets (Parentheses to you thickheads!) As it is the addition of 1 and 10 comes first! Thickos!
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Dec 14, 2019 2:29PM

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