How many sheeps are left?

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1. OP _ORiON_ GBAtemp Regular Member Level 2

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He had nine sheeps. All but two died. How many are left?

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2. Shinji ҉҉ ҉҉ Member Level 3

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Two? Well that depends, are any of them clones? Cause if they are, that would just throw off the whole thing.

And who is this "He" that you speak of? Is "HE" a sheep himself? Oh there are just so many inconsistencies.

My answer is....inconclusive. There is not enough information...

BTW, does this take place in Europe or in America?

3. OP _ORiON_ GBAtemp Regular Member Level 2

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no, think "He" as any person.

what my point is, what in simpler terms does this sentence mean "All but two died." sounds a lil bit confusing, for me

4. jumpman17 He's a semi-aquatic egg laying mammal of action! Former Staff Level 11

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Um...two...I can't really see any other answer.

9 sheeps - 7 deaths (all BUT 2 died) = 2 remaining.

EDIT: All but 2 died means that all the sheeps are dead except for 2...nothing confusing there.

5. Shinji ҉҉ ҉҉ Member Level 3

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I tend to overcomplicate things hehe...

Yes, I think the trick is the "all but two died" part. Generally, when the question is one like "how many remain" people would assume a negative action to the original number. And since they mention "two", someone just skimming the passage might assume 9-2....but all this is thrown out the window because it is so short of a passage that it would be scruntinized.

Or something like that...why do I even bother trying to rationalize this Puzzle... this is not a difficult one at that.

6. mthrnite So it goes. Former Staff Level 9

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In a slightly related story:
The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick
The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick
The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick
The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick
The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick
Film at eleven.

7. jumpman17 He's a semi-aquatic egg laying mammal of action! Former Staff Level 11

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My favorite riddle has to be this one:

There is a bus that goes around town everyday that you drive. The day starts with 7 people getting on. An hour later, 3 more get on as 2 get off. 2 hours later, twice as many get off as the first time and 4 more get on the bus. When the bus arrives at it's final destination, the rest of the passengers get off the bus. What is the name of the driver?

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9. Ace Gunman ~••Lucky҉Shot••~ Former Staff Level 4

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I think it's a trick question, since "sheeps" isn't the proper term.

10. Magus19 GBAtemp Regular Member Level 2

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I would say 9 because you still have them, even if they are dead.

11. mthrnite So it goes. Former Staff Level 9

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^^^I think we have a winner^^^
edit: and yeah I think also "you" are the driver so the answer to that one is mthrnite.
Oh sh*t I dunno how to drive a bus!

12. Shinji ҉҉ ҉҉ Member Level 3

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I didnt even notice that...how sad

I still believe my answer of "inconclusive" remains. There is no definition of "left"...

13. mthrnite So it goes. Former Staff Level 9

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I know.. it's a koan!
I feel all shocked into awareness!
oop, there it went. So fleet are the moments of awareness!
Now I'm back to being pretty sure that since he didn't say he dumped the dead sheep off a cliff, he still has the sheep, and they don't stop being sheep just because they're dead.

.. or do they
oop, there it went again.

14. Rangent GBAtemp Regular Member Level 2

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The sound of one hand clapping?

15. Heinrisch GBAtemp Regular Member Level 2

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Three men are about to pay for their drinks at a bar. They pay \$10 each. However, the bartender is nice (or just stupid) and he tells them that they don't have to pay that much. The bartender takes \$5, and gives the men \$3 dollars back, \$1 each. Now they’ve paid \$9*3 plus the \$2 that the bartender still has: \$9*3+\$2= \$29 (\$27+\$2). Where did the last dollar go?

16. mthrnite So it goes. Former Staff Level 9

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I stole the last dollar.
27 + 2 + the dollar I took = 30

Seriously though, my dad used to ask me that one, and I never figured it out.
He used to show me that damn gnome puzzle too, where you switch the pieces around and the number of them changes from 12 to 13. Bugged the piss out of me!

17. slvrdrgn123 GBAtemp Regular Member Level 2

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The bartender was also serving two other men that were paying for their own drinks for a total of \$30 dollars, \$15 each. Again he realizes he overcharged and takes five \$1 bills and returns one dollar to each, keeping \$3 for himself. Now these two men have paid \$14*2 plus the \$3 that the bartender still has. \$14*2+\$3=\$31. That's where the missing dollar went.

18. Veho The man who cried "Ni". Former Staff Level 21

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"cl"

The sound of the other hand clapping is "ap".

Together they make "clap".

Terry Pratchett rules.

If you pronounce the question "A farmer had 9 sheep, and all but 2 died.", that means he now has 2 left.

But if you pronounce it like this: "A farmer had 9 sheep and all, but 2 died";
then he has 7 left

19. FAST6191 Techromancer Reporter Level 28

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I do not know about riddles but 1 most definitely equals 2:

a = b (a and b are both 1)

Multiply both sides by a

a^2 = ab

Subtract b^2 from both sides

a^2 - b^2 = ab - b^2

Factorised it gives: (a + b)(a - b) = b(a - b)

Divide both sides by (a - b)

a + b = b

Since a = b we can substitute the a above to give 2b = a

Putting the numbers back in: 2x1=1 therefore 2=1

20. ChaosTheorySD GBAtemp Fan Member Level 3

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I always hated that "extra dollar" ridlle. Everytime it's asked, I forget how I worked it out last time and spend a long time figuring out the trick again.

But anyway, the way it works is that one assumes the guys paid 27 dollars total, when they actually only paid 25 total. The bartender shortchanged them two dollars they should have gotten back from their discount. Had he refunded them completely, they would have recieved 1.66 each.

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