Puzzles & Quizzes

The 3 Children Logic Puzzle Seems Impossible, But It's Not

This puzzle, from Presh Talkwalkar of the MindYourDecisions YouTube channel, will take some Sherlock-like deduction. Are you ready?

Here's the Puzzle

A census taker is going around town getting the ages of all the residents. A man tells the census taker that he has three children, then gives him clues so we can figure out the ages himself. The product of his children's ages is 72 and the sum of their ages is his house number.

The census taker says he can't figure it out with just that information. The man then says, "Oh, I forgot to tell you that my oldest child loves chocolate chip cookies."

The census taker then figures it out. Solving this problem requires a little bit of mathematical knowledge and some logical thinking! Try it yourself, then watch the video or scroll down for the answer.

The 3 Children Logic Puzzle

Here's the Answer

The man's children are 3, 3, and 8 (and the house number is 14). Did you solve it? If not, watch the video above to figure out how to arrive at the correct answer.

Written by Curiosity Staff March 4, 2016

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