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#1 2006-02-21 20:37:13

rimi
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Registered: 2006-02-21
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Who owns the fish or crocodile

Hi!
I am the newest member I guess.I entered the Maths Is Fun site just 1 and 1/2 hour ago and found the logic puzzles.It was great solving the puzzles.
The answers are German owns the Fish and Hannah owns the Crocodile.
I guess the 2% idea was not correct. Is it?

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#2 2006-02-26 22:31:45

krassi_holmz
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Registered: 2005-12-02
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Re: Who owns the fish or crocodile

Ask the author smile


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#3 2006-02-26 23:21:49

MathsIsFun
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Re: Who owns the fish or crocodile

Einstein? Ha ha!

But, to do a proper statistical survey, you would have to choose your subjects at random.

But in this case we only know about people who are 1. interested in doing the puzzle, 2. don't give up and go away in the first few minutes, and 3. then go on to report their success or failure. This is probably a rather small percentage of the population, but hard to define!


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#4 2006-02-27 06:22:32

mathsyperson
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Re: Who owns the fish or crocodile

That problem came up in a maths competition that I was at today. I was helping mark the questions and get people horribly-watered-down-squashes rather than actually taking part, but I did most of the questions anyway. smile

People got given only 15 minutes to do that question, which I thought would be a very hard task. I didn't time myself when I did that puzzle, but it probably took at least half an hour.

Anyway, most people believe that Einstein said that only 2% of people would get the answer right because they assume that the German owns the fish just because he is the only person who has not been allocated a pet. The fish is not at all mentioned in the clues, so it's equally reasonable to assume that someone not mentioned in the clues owns the fish.


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#5 2006-02-28 08:02:05

krassi_holmz
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Re: Who owns the fish or crocodile

I think this is a myth.


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#6 2006-07-24 21:40:37

baggyboy7
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Registered: 2006-07-24
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Re: Who owns the fish or crocodile

it must be a myth

it took me 10 mins to complete and a further 30 ppl 30 mins, bt with the population at 6b, 120m is quite a lot of ppl

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#7 2007-02-24 10:31:31

John E. Franklin
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Registered: 2005-08-29
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Re: Who owns the fish or crocodile

Typo identified in crocodile riddle:
"go" versus "got" in:
The girl next to the girl who likes Milky bar likes Boost
The girl who likes purple wants to got to Canada
The girl who likes Crunchies owns a rabbit


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#8 2007-02-24 22:02:27

espeon
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Registered: 2006-02-05
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Re: Who owns the fish or crocodile

i remember this one! this puzzle was the reason i joined lol. i worked out the crocadile on easily but the fishy one was harder i think. i cant remember what the answers were though.


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#9 2007-09-22 11:58:17

paperplate10
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Registered: 2007-09-22
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Re: Who owns the fish or crocodile

I love these puzzles:)wave, I finished the who owns the fish in about 25 mins. and the croc one in 23mins 2secs ( I timed it!!)
Please post more of these before I finish them all
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