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The Insurance Man Puzzle

An insurance salesman knocks on the door of a home in a housing development.

When a lady answers he asks, “How many children do you have?”

She replies, “Three.”

When he asks, “What are their ages?” she decides that he is too cheesy and refused to tell him.

After he apologizes for his apparent rudeness he asks for a hint about the children’s ages.

She says, “If you multiply their tree ages you get 36” (Their ages are exact numbers.)

He thinks for a while and then asks for another hint.

When she says, “The sum of their ages is the number on the next door,” he immediately jumps over the fence to determine this number.

This done, he returns to the lady and asks for one last hint.

“All right,” she says, “the eldest plays the piano!”

He then knows their ages. Do you?

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August 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm Leave a comment