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Oh wait, 1+10 X 2 = 22

But dude, the above "riddle" is as easy to read as plain numbers. How did you read 48 for the "?" ? Is this a riddle? I am so unsure of things now.

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What? ... I feel so stupid now.

But dude, the above "riddle" is as easy to read as plain numbers. How did you read 48 for the "?" ? Is this a riddle? I am so unsure of things now.

(please don't ban me)

What? ... I feel so stupid now.

Vice versa, I feel detached from reality atm.

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That's how I figured it.

But what if numerals are a distraction? What if it's analagous? That's what's got me hedging.

yes, but PEMDAS. I also get ZTHorse now...

yes, but PEMDAS.

so it WAS a riddle. I was so on the wrong trajectory where Talio wanted to go.

I haven't had any coffee yet can I blame that on my stupidityyes, but PEMDAS.

I haven't had any coffee yet can I blame that on my stupidity

Although Bluebeard would also have an argument, that one boot is one when two boots is 2.

This would be one of these internet-things where both sides can have a right to be "correct" and the designer just wants to eat popcorn. I am just noticing that now, tbh. My eyes initially roled over the symbols to quickly. - The argument for the "mathy" side would however be, that math doesn't work that way. A single boot as a symbol would not be defined by the given equations and thus the set of equations would be unresolvable.

Sneaky designer also pulled the same trick with the pair and then single horse shoe....

I think you're right.1+10 X 2 = 22

horse = 10 --------- 3 horse = 30 so 30/3=10

Horseshoe = 4 -------- 10(horse) + 4 + 4 = 18

Boots = 2 ----- 4 - 2 = 2

Final equation - 2+(10x4)=42

I didn't put too much thinking into it, I didn't think about PEMDAS. Its not 48, i think its 42 now.

If we accept that math also has a graphical element, as the spirit of the riddle seems to aim for... what if the horses have different numbers of horse-shoes?

If the horse in the second equation lost a shoe, and the boot obviously has zero shoes...

Well, no!Final equation - 2+(10x4)=42

Note that there's ony one horseshoe and one boot. So it's each half the value.

41 if you notice it's one boot instead of two, and if you follow order of operations (pemdas). 44 is also sometimes accepted on admission exams, which is ridiculous. Something about 'teaching the controversy' ... lol

EDIT: ballsack! I didn't notice there was only one horseshoe too. 21. Or 22 if you live in bizarro land where order of operations is negotiable.

EDIT: ballsack! I didn't notice there was only one horseshoe too. 21. Or 22 if you live in bizarro land where order of operations is negotiable.

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1+(10x2)=21

What you say is absolutely logical and true. But I know similar puzzles in which the solution has always been achieved in the way I have shown.XX either equals X x X or a completely different variable. XX = 2X is a separate equation and in this case 100% assumption.

Yes, and millions vote straight ticket because it's easier. Does that make it right? Or best?What you say is absolutely logical and true. But I know similar puzzles in which the solution has always been achieved in the way I have shown.

I assume that you are a mathematician who takes this topic very seriously.Yes, and millions vote straight ticket because it's easier. Does that make it right? Or best?

Hehe sly memes.Well, no!

Note that there's ony one horseshoe and one boot. So it's each half the value.

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I assume that you are a mathematician who takes this topic very seriously.

Sometimes it is difficult - i once infuriated a (standardized) tester at school when i refused to do these "what's the next number" questions. My answer was "you can never know. For any number a logical 'law' could be found to explain it."

The resulting row drew in several teachers until a math teacher arrived, realized what was happening and suggested to just give me the tests for the next grade up.