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#71 SarahJhane

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 02:04 PM

it depends on the formation of sentence and punctuations.

maybe what he meant is:

A farmer has 17 cows, all but 9, die. How many did he have left?

added 2 commas in it...it would turn into different meaning.
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#72 Silver

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 06:56 PM

Is a dead cow the same as a live cow? I would figure that a live cow would be defined as the living, breathing animal. What you have when a cow dies is not a cow, but a body, a piece of meat. It goes from being a living creature to an immaterial object and thus, not a cow. Therefore, the farmer has nine cows left. And really, are all the stabs necessary guys? It's a riddle, and it's not like it really makes a huge difference to any one of us personally if the farmer has 9, 8, 17, or 1000 cows left.
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#73 Grayven

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 07:42 PM

Is a dead cow the same as a live cow? I would figure that a live cow would be defined as the living, breathing animal. What you have when a cow dies is not a cow, but a body, a piece of meat. It goes from being a living creature to an immaterial object and thus, not a cow. Therefore, the farmer has nine cows left. And really, are all the stabs necessary guys? It's a riddle, and it's not like it really makes a huge difference to any one of us personally if the farmer has 9, 8, 17, or 1000 cows left.

Welcome to the Den!
It is my experience that the "simpler" a riddle, the more it gets dismantled. This exercise is usually not mean spirited, but merely a reminder that nothing around here is as simple as it seems.

Simply put, if another solution can be found to fit the parameters of the puzzle, it will be found... several times... ad naseum. :wacko:
Edit: ESPECIALLY if there is a pun available to go with it.

Edited by Grayven, 08 December 2008 - 07:43 PM.

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#74 Scraff

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 07:48 PM

Is a dead cow the same as a live cow?

No.

I would figure that a live cow would be defined as the living, breathing animal.

So does everyone else.

What you have when a cow dies is not a cow, but a body, a piece of meat.

No. Dead cows are commonly called dead cows just as dead people are called dead people.

It goes from being a living creature to an immaterial object and thus, not a cow.

Wrong on two counts. Dead animals are not immaterial and dead cows are cows that are dead.

Therefore, the farmer has nine cows left. And really, are all the stabs necessary guys? It's a riddle, and it's not like it really makes a huge difference to any one of us personally if the farmer has 9, 8, 17, or 1000 cows left.

The stabs are unnecessary, but nitpicking answers are a big part of what this board is about (and you seem to be attempting to do the same thing).
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#75 bhramarraj

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:33 PM

A farmer has 17 cows all but 9 die. How many did he have left


OP says farmer presently has 17 cows, after 'all but 9 cows die'. So answer to the question 'how many did he have left' is 17+9=26 cows, before 9 cows die.
Otherwise OP would be like this "A farmer had 17 cows, all but 9 die. How many is he left with?" :D
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