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Some time back I came across a very interesting puzzle, though not so hard.

Samuel died 95 years after Michel was born. Their combined ages when they died amounted to 80 years. Michel died in the year 10 BC. Which year was Samuel born?

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5 AD. From year Michael was born till Samuel died there are 95 years. Of these 95 years, their collective lifespan covers 80. This leaves a gap of 15 years when neither lived. So Samuel would have been born 15 years after Michel dies - 5 AD

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5 AD. From year Michael was born till Samuel died there are 95 years. Of these 95 years, their collective lifespan covers 80. This leaves a gap of 15 years when neither lived. So Samuel would have been born 15 years after Michel dies - 5 AD

because there was no year 0. The year after 1BC is 1AD. So, 15 years after 10BC is 6AD.

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5 AD. From year Michael was born till Samuel died there are 95 years. Of these 95 years, their collective lifespan covers 80. This leaves a gap of 15 years when neither lived. So Samuel would have been born 15 years after Michel dies - 5 AD

Thanks Nakulendu,

Your answer is correct.

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because there was no year 0. The year after 1BC is 1AD. So, 15 years after 10BC is 6AD.

Thank you SP,

I think you will have to re-check your answer..

What I have learned is that in counting of years, 1AD starts forward from the birth of Jesus, the year 1BC starts backwards from the same instant.

Therefore when we say an event to have happened 1year after 1BC, it actually have happened in the year 2AD.

I would like to have comments of other members also.....!

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Thank you SP,

I think you will have to re-check your answer..

What I have learned is that in counting of years, 1AD starts forward from the birth of Jesus, the year 1BC starts backwards from the same instant.

Therefore when we say an event to have happened 1year after 1BC, it actually have happened in the year 2AD.

I would like to have comments of other members also.....!

I used the Wikipedia article entitled "Anno Domini" as the source of my information. There's a section of the page about going from 1BC to 1AD with no year 0 between them.

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Thank you SP,

I think you will have to re-check your answer..

What I have learned is that in counting of years, 1AD starts forward from the birth of Jesus, the year 1BC starts backwards from the same instant.

Therefore when we say an event to have happened 1year after 1BC, it actually have happened in the year 2AD.

I would like to have comments of other members also.....!

How can you even make that claim?

Let's just say Jesus was born on New Year's Day (for simplicity sake).

So if something occured on December 25th, it was 1 BC.

Once year later (365 days) it would be December 25th 1 AD.

Where does your math suddenly make it 2 AD?

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OOOPS... what a silly mistake......!

SP is correct, answer to the quiz should be 6AD.

Thank you all again....

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