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#1 rookie1ja

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 03:31 PM

Pears - Back to the Logic Puzzles
There are a few trees in a garden. On one of them, a pear tree, there are pears (quite logical). But after a strong wind blew, there were neither pears on the tree nor on the ground. How come?

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#2 garrymc80

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 03:24 AM

the pears were not on the tree or ground to begin with - they were in a basket
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Posted 28 April 2007 - 08:57 PM

a bird could eat them, or it was falling.
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Posted 07 May 2007 - 07:28 PM

I think you're trying to use the reasoning that "pears" is plural with your first answer, which doesn't really work. You said English isn't your native language somewhere, so maybe your native language does things differently, but in English, it's accurate to say "no pears" only at 0. At 1 pear, you can't say there "are pears" (you'd say "is a pear"), but you can't say "no pears" either. Saying there are neither pears in the tree nor on the ground means there are 0 total pears after counting all the pear(s) on the ground and in the tree.

You can sorta, after a fashion, use that plural vs. singular call to reason, but it's not the way real English gets used--at least not in the United States where I'm from.
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Posted 09 May 2007 - 06:00 PM

Lost in translation maybe? I believe the spirit of this is for it to be a spoken puzzle not a written. Thus there are no PEARS on the tree and no PAIRS on the ground. There are now three pears on the ground thus eliminating the pair of pears on the ground.
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Posted 09 May 2007 - 06:04 PM

Ok, I can understand that.
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#7 Garrek99

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 02:53 AM

Lost in translation maybe? I believe the spirit of this is for it to be a spoken puzzle not a written. Thus there are no PEARS on the tree and no PAIRS on the ground. There are now three pears on the ground thus eliminating the pair of pears on the ground.



I am afraid you are not supposed to do that, because even if it is a spoken puzzle you'd be obliged to mention the difference (pears, pairs) unless you are talking to children or you are telling the puzzle for entertainment's sake only.
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Posted 24 May 2007 - 04:48 PM


Lost in translation maybe? I believe the spirit of this is for it to be a spoken puzzle not a written. Thus there are no PEARS on the tree and no PAIRS on the ground. There are now three pears on the ground thus eliminating the pair of pears on the ground.



I am afraid you are not supposed to do that, because even if it is a spoken puzzle you'd be obliged to mention the difference (pears, pairs) unless you are talking to children or you are telling the puzzle for entertainment's sake only.



ITS A PUZZLE.. Besides entertainment, What other purpose could it possibly serve??? lol That's like saying "You are obligated to tell me the punchline of the joke BEFORE you tell me the joke to make it fair...lol HUH???
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Posted 24 May 2007 - 08:58 PM

THIS RIDDLE MAKES NO SENSE!
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Posted 25 May 2007 - 12:23 PM

THIS RIDDLE MAKES NO SENSE! CANT WE EXPLAIN IN DETAIL HERE



Alright, let me take a crack at it guys.....

The confusing part about this riddle is the word Pear. As you can see above there has been some talk about its ability to be placed FAIRLY in text. Reason being, it is more a PLAY ON WORDS then it is a riddle.

Example = You have a "pear" that you eat. FRUIT...
Example2= You have a "Pair" of socks. PLURAL...

The question states that there are PEARS on the tree, but once the wind came there were no longer PEARS on the tree OR on the ground... HOW COME???

Problem with the question is, if you typed it properly, THERE WOULD BE NO QUESTION. So you HAVE to trick the reader in order for it to HAVE THE PROPER EFFECT. Problem with that is "If this is a Problem Solving Forum, you need to give an Accurate Problem" This riddle is IMPOSSIBLE to TYPE, It must be Spoken in order to work. Other wise the question would be as follows:

There are a Pair of Pears on a Pear tree...lol After a wind blew, there were No Longer a Pair of Pears on the tree... WHY? Of coarse the answer would be: BECAUSE ONLY ONE FELL OFF, LEAVING ONE PEAR ONE THE TREE, AND ONE PAIR ON THE GROUND, ELIMINATING ANY PAIRS OF ANYTHING, ANYWHERE.....

If that doesn't do it, I don't know what to tell ya....

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