Can You Solve These 7 Tricky Math Riddles?

Some folks are good at math. That’s what I hear, anyway, though the concept is foreign to me (and honestly makes me a bit jealous!).

If that’s you, and you like to keep your skills sharp, give these 7 math riddles a go!

7. People on a train.

6. That’s a lot of clocks.

5. His mother’s age.

4. How long until midnight?

3. All the way to the top.

2. A magic tree.

1. How old is John?

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7. There are some people on a train. 19 get off at the first stop. 17 get on. Now there are 63 people on the train. How many were on the train to begin with?

6. There are 4 clocks in a room. One gains a minute every hour. Another loses a minute every hour. One runs backward at normal speed. The fourth always keeps the correct time.

At 7:03 today, they all showed the same time, which was correct. When will this happen again?

5. John’s mother is thrice his age. 11 years from now, his mother’s age will be twice that of his. How old is his mother?

4. At six o’clock the wall clock struck 6 times. Checking with my watch, I noticed that the time between the first and last strokes was 30 seconds. How long will the clock take to strike 12 at midnight?

3. A house has 6 stories, each the same height. How many times as long is the ascent to the sixth floor as the ascent to the third?

2. There was a magic tree that on the first day increased its height by half, on the second by day by a third, on the third day by a quarter, and so on. How many days did it take it to grow one hundred times its original height?

1. John was asked how old he is. He said, “In 2 years I will be twice as old as I was 5 years ago.”

How old is John?

Did you solve them all? If so, I’m impressed!

Come back another day for more fun riddles!