• Apr 26th 2006, 01:58 PM
kieran541
ive seen this puzzle going about for quite a while now but havent been able to solve it yet , anybody got any ideas? , its called: 'Sum Sums' and is laid out below as it exactly appears:-

THIRTY-SIX MINUS TEN =

3 + 3 + 3 x 3 =

5 x 5 x 0 =

20 - 15 =

• Apr 26th 2006, 02:07 PM
CaptainBlack
Quote:

Originally Posted by kieran541
ive seen this puzzle going about for quite a while now but havent been able to solve it yet , anybody got any ideas? , its called: 'Sum Sums' and is laid out below as it exactly appears:-

THIRTY-SIX MINUS TEN =

3 + 3 + 3 x 3 =

5 x 5 x 0 =

20 - 15 =

This is the sort of thing that they have on the quiz channels on cable/satellite
here. I've sat and watched people phone in with every possible solution I could see, to be told they are wrong.

I think this uses the ambiguity of language to disguise which numbers are
to be added. I suspect that this sort of problem only has a unique solution
in the mind of the setter :mad:

RonL
• Apr 26th 2006, 03:01 PM
topsquark
Quote:

Originally Posted by kieran541
ive seen this puzzle going about for quite a while now but havent been able to solve it yet , anybody got any ideas? , its called: 'Sum Sums' and is laid out below as it exactly appears:-

THIRTY-SIX MINUS TEN =

3 + 3 + 3 x 3 =

5 x 5 x 0 =

20 - 15 =

I don't get it. :mad: I got 46. So what?

-Dan
• Apr 26th 2006, 10:16 PM
CaptainBlack
Quote:

Originally Posted by topsquark
I don't get it. :mad: I got 46. So what?

-Dan

Quote:

THIRTY-SIX MINUS TEN =

3 + 3 + 3 x 3 =

5 x 5 x 0 =

20 - 15 =