What? ... I feel so stupid now.This is one of these confusing moments in life, where I may look incredibly stupid, incredibly smart, or incredibly smug....
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)
I haven't had any coffee yet can I blame that on my stupidity
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.
I assume that you are a mathematician who takes this topic very seriously.