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Chunky
2006-Jun-20, 12:49 PM
12 pears hanging high 11 men come riding by each takes a pear and leave 11 hanging there

no not a pear as in 12 but 12 individual pears in a tree. the kinda pear you eat...do the math
and no cheating, be a sport

lungfish
2006-Jun-20, 04:44 PM
OK, for lack of imagination, here's a stupid answer:
the "12" is in base 4, the "11"s are in base 2.

"There's only 10 kinds of people in this world:
those who understand binary, and those who don't"

clop
2006-Jun-20, 09:45 PM
Is there a huge time delay between the first and last man riding past? So that the tree has had enough time to grow 10 more pears in the time it takes them to take 11?

clop

Frog march
2006-Jun-20, 10:43 PM
Is there a huge time delay between the first and last man riding past? So that the tree has had enough time to grow 10 more pears in the time it takes them to take 11?

clop

what if each man rides by one at a time, 1 each year, leaving the tree time to grow 12 more pears?

edit- or is that what you meant?

clop
2006-Jun-20, 10:49 PM
what if each man rides by one at a time, 1 each year, leaving the tree time to grow 12 more pears?

edit- or is that what you meant?

No that wouldn't work. Pears fall off pear trees every year.

I mean there is maybe a two week time period between the first and the last, so the tree, which has lots of little baby pears budding, produces enough to replace 10 of the pears removed by the riders.

clop

Frog march
2006-Jun-20, 10:53 PM
No that wouldn't work. Pears fall off pear trees every year.

I mean there is maybe a two week time period between the first and the last, so the tree, which has lots of little baby pears budding, produces enough to replace 10 of the pears removed by the riders.

clop

we had a pear tree in the garden when I was a kid and they pretty much grow at the same time at the same rate, from the blossom stage on.

Chunky
2006-Jun-20, 11:06 PM
your complicating things with time, the answer to the riddle is right in front of you. do not add another factor into the equasion, i didnt mention time. a riddle is all about the words. what one word could mean something completely different

Frog march
2006-Jun-20, 11:26 PM
high? ;)

Chunky
2006-Jun-20, 11:31 PM
no man the answer is simple each of you will find it....*hint, hint*

GDwarf
2006-Jun-20, 11:32 PM
"12 pears hanging high", mayhaps there are pears that aren't hanging high, 10 of them, so that 11 are left over.

Alternatively these men could have an odd custom where they hang up pears after eating them, unfortunately one of them was too eager and ate all of his, so they couldn't re-hang it :P

Edit: looking at the new hint I'll try this again.
"Each takes a pear", note that it doesn't say that they take it from the tree, this would make me think that the first man takes one, then passes it around.

Edit: removed the word 'man' from quote.

Chunky
2006-Jun-20, 11:36 PM
where does it say each man takes a pear? your adding words, dont add words and yes the pear came from the tree

Frog march
2006-Jun-20, 11:38 PM
well maybe each pear takes a man but I don't know if that really helps.

Sam5
2006-Jun-20, 11:46 PM
12 pears hanging high 11 men come riding by each takes a pear and leave 11 hanging there

11 men come riding by each of the 12 pears, they take one pear (for the whole group) and leave 11. You need a comma after "each".

Edit. Dang, I meant to say they take "one pear".

GDwarf
2006-Jun-20, 11:49 PM
11 men come riding by each of the 12 pears, they take one pear (for the whole group) and leave 11. You need a comma after "each".

Edit. Dang, I meant to say they take "one pear".
Which is what I was trying to say, but failed miserably at.

Chunky
2006-Jun-20, 11:55 PM
kinda but no and you maybe right about the comma after each but i dont see it. its so easy every one, dont add words dont change words. see the problem as it is. your looking at the hint i gave you as a group... each..dont do that. im john

Frog march
2006-Jun-20, 11:58 PM
also should it not be 'take'(minus the 's'); you wouldn't say '11 men takes a pear'

Tinaa
2006-Jun-20, 11:59 PM
Perhaps Each is the name of the only guy that takes a pear. Everyone else just rode by.

Frog march
2006-Jun-21, 12:00 AM
Mr Each?:)

Chunky
2006-Jun-21, 12:01 AM
each was a manes name. good job tinna did you get my hint at the end " im john"

Tinaa
2006-Jun-21, 12:03 AM
12 pears hanging high 11 men come riding by each takes a pear and leave 11 hanging there

If written like this: 12 pears hanging high, 11 men come riding by. Each takes a pear and leaves 11 hanging there.

Tinaa
2006-Jun-21, 12:03 AM
Nope. Your "each" hint got me.

GDwarf
2006-Jun-21, 12:05 AM
If written like this: 12 pears hanging high, 11 men come riding by. Each takes a pear and leaves 11 hanging there.
The big problem there being that 'leaves' sorta gives it away, I guess you have to hope that they'll think it's a typo.

Ah, alternatively you could do it this way:
12 pears hanging high, 11 men come riding by. Each takes a pear which leaves 11 hanging there.

I think that solves the problem of the sentence showing that Each is a single person.

Chunky
2006-Jun-21, 12:05 AM
now wasn't that fun boy's and girl's

Sam5
2006-Jun-21, 12:08 AM
kinda but no and you maybe right about the comma after each but i dont see it. its so easy every one, dont add words dont change words. see the problem as it is. your looking at the hint i gave you as a group... each..dont do that. im john

Who’s on first, Each picks a pear.

Sam5
2006-Jun-21, 12:12 AM
A guy named Willie Each, picks one pear.

TheBlackCat
2006-Jun-21, 01:52 AM
Except "each" is lowercase. Names are in uppercase, so it would have to be "Each". Therefore although that may be the intended solution it does not work as the riddle is currently written.

Of course if it was 12 pears per tree, and there were 11 trees, and each took one from a different tree then it would work. You specificy 12 in a tree, but not how many trees there are.

Ronald Brak
2006-Jun-21, 02:00 AM
Each man takes a pear and they hang the eleventh man by a rope around his neck from the tree.

At least he had a pear before he died.

Chunky
2006-Jun-21, 02:02 AM
Each man takes a pear and they hang the eleventh man by a rope around his neck from the tree.

At least he had a pear before he died.
you wouldnt believe how many ppl have said that

Ronald Brak
2006-Jun-21, 02:04 AM
you wouldnt believe how many ppl have said that

And here I was thinking I was being original.

Chunky
2006-Jun-21, 02:07 AM
well you were, just because someone else thought it before you did doesnt mean it wasnt your origanal thought. because it was!

Sam5
2006-Jun-21, 02:14 AM
well you were, just because someone else thought it before you did doesnt mean it wasnt your origanal thought. because it was!

Is "each" the name of the man?

Chunky
2006-Jun-21, 02:25 AM
yes

Tinaa
2006-Jun-21, 03:01 AM
The big problem there being that 'leaves' sorta gives it away, I guess you have to hope that they'll think it's a typo.

Ah, alternatively you could do it this way:
12 pears hanging high, 11 men come riding by. Each takes a pear which leaves 11 hanging there.

I think that solves the problem of the sentence showing that Each is a single person.

That would work! Or

12 pears hanging high, 11 men come riding by. Each takes a pear leaving 11 hanging there.

ToSeek
2006-Jun-26, 02:06 PM
Another one:

A boy was at a carnival and went to a booth where a man said to the boy, "If I write your exact weight on this piece of paper then you have to give me \$50, but if I cannot, I will pay you \$50."

The boy looked around and saw no scale so he agrees, thinking no matter what the carny writes he'll just say he weighs more or less.

In the end the boy ended up paying the man \$50. How did the man win the bet?

Frog march
2006-Jun-26, 03:51 PM
edit- I think I know the answer but I don't, on second thoughts want to spoil the puzzle.

Frog march
2006-Jun-27, 09:10 PM
perhaps this thread should be branched off and given its own thread with the new question or otherwise only people subscribed to this thread will see it.

The Supreme Canuck
2006-Jun-27, 09:41 PM