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How Many Were Going To Saint Ives?


Best Answer unreality , 12 September 2007 - 02:36 AM

It is 1

you are PASSING those ppl.. you are the ONLY person going from X to St Ives, they are going from St Ives to X

this is an old one... saw it in the Moscow Puzzles, i think, a while ago (i love that book) Go to the full post


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#21 mattkonczal13

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:30 PM

My grandmother told me this when I was about 4. I knew it's really old and I thought I'd Google it to find out how old. Turns out it first appeared about 1650 b.c.

I was interested in what Wiki had to say about it as a solution and thought I'd post it.



I just love the ambiguity of language when you are trying to defend a concept.




The real answer is 10990.
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#22 krpllpd

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 03:34 PM

The answer is one. " as I was going to St. Ives". I was the only one going to St. Ives, and I met the man with seven wives (he was obviously leaving St. Ives)
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#23 ViZioN

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 05:12 PM

One
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#24 Gyro

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 03:17 PM

Unless your a cat, a sack, a kitten, or a wife I would say 0.
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#25 reggjenn

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 11:14 PM

one
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#26 theshredder157

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 11:44 PM

it could be an infinite amount of people because it dosent say how many people are behind you
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#27 Frost

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 05:28 PM

Spoiler for Answer

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#28 Eagle

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 08:10 AM

the question does not provide enough information, we need to know if there are people ahead of you, or people behind you going to Saint Ives also, the man you passed with the seven wives, etc could be going to Saint Ives but, using a different route.
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#29 rockinsteady

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Posted 27 May 2008 - 07:19 AM

As I was going to Saint Ives,
I crossed the path of seven wives.
Every wife had seven sacks,
Every sack had seven cats,
Every cat had seven kittens,
Kittens, cats, sacks, wives,
How many were going to Saint Ives?

Spoiler for thats ez heheheee

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#30 Vishmi

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Posted 27 May 2008 - 09:34 AM

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