Can You Solve The Horse, Horseshoe, Boots Algebra Puzzle?

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The horse, horseshoe, boots algebra puzzle got plenty of shares on social media around the time it was first published on Presh Talwalkar's YouTube channel, MindYourDecisions. Similar logic puzzles have also gone viral, notably the fruit logic puzzle. Can you solve this one? The problem goes as follows: horse plus horse plus horse equals 30; horse plus 2 horseshoes plus 2 horseshoes equals 18; 2 horseshoes minus 2 boots equals 2, and boot plus horse times horseshoe equals....what? Watch the video below to find out how to solve this problem, or scroll down to see the answer.

The Horse, Horseshoe, Boots Algebra Problem

What answer did you get?


The answer to this problem is 21. Watch the video above to find out how to come up with this solution.

The Viral Fruit Logic Puzzle

Here's a similar puzzle you can try to solve.

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