Puzzles & Games Census-Solved

Discussion in 'Puzzles & Games' started by helenheaven, Sep 11, 2004.

  1. helenheaven

    helenheaven Premium Member

    A census taker approaches a house and asks the woman who
    answers the door,"How many children do you have, and what
    are their ages?"

    Woman: "I have three children, the product of their ages are
    36, the sum of their ages are equal to the address of the
    house next door."

    The census taker walks next door, comes back and says, "I
    need more information."

    The woman replies, "I have to go, my oldest child is
    sleeping upstairs."

    Census taker: "Thank you, I have everything I need."

    Question: What are the ages of each of the three children?
     
  2. Kellter

    Kellter Member

    Excellent puzzle! I gave up and did a search. I wish I wouldn't do that,,,,argh! Great puzzles Helen
     
  3. helenheaven

    helenheaven Premium Member

    did you find the answer Kelter?
     
  4. Kellter

    Kellter Member

    Yes, but by doing a Google search ( I have to stop doing that, this one would have been fun and challenging.
     
  5. pineappleupsidedown

    pineappleupsidedown Premium Member

    GUESS BELOW




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    I think the answer is the ages are [edit] 9, 2, and 2. This is because there has to be an older child. [/edit] All the other ways i tryed I could not find a matching sum of ages, which is why the number of the house next door didnt help (6+6+1=13, 9+2+2=13), until he found that the child was younger.

    I think thats right...Ill post again if I think Ive found a better answer.

    ---pineapple
     
  6. helenheaven

    helenheaven Premium Member

    You are right Pineapple with 9 + 2+ 2

    The reason being their was an ELDEST child

    well done!
     
  7. pineappleupsidedown

    pineappleupsidedown Premium Member

    Uhh, i guessed the other way but....*quickly edits and switches two answers* I mean I got the right answer orginally. Yay! heh...


    ---pineapple
     
  8. Cinderloft

    Cinderloft Premium Member

    Um, it may be right, but what about this answer:

    The census takers usually go around in late summer/fall mainly to also help get an idea of voter registration. This is going on during the week. The woman is home alone with the kids (homemaker) which would mean that the father is out working, and school is in session. If the oldest child is upstairs sleeping, he could be nine, but perhaps ill. Or, he could be 6, and the others 3 and 2. 6x3x2 = 36 Nowhere does it say they have to be twins, nor does it say it has to add up to 13.
     
  9. pineappleupsidedown

    pineappleupsidedown Premium Member

    Yes, but there needed to be two possible answers that the cencus taker needed more than the total of the ages to figure out their ages.

    ---pineapple
     
  10. Cinderloft

    Cinderloft Premium Member

    I see, I see. With option 1, you get the two oldest as twins, option 2, the two youngest. When she says her oldest, then he knows the answer of the two.