Whats the name?



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I saw the above riddle on Facebook and have posted it in the Competitions by Ross group.

Cindy has 5 kids. The first kid name is jan. the second kid name is feb. the third kid name is March. The fourth kid name is April. What is the name of the fifth kid. READ CAREFULLY

The immediate comparison will be to another similar puzzle where it says Cindy’s mother has five children. They are January, February, March, April and ……….. In this puzzle since Cindy is also one of the daughters, the right answer is Cindy.

However in our little Facebook puzzle, it clearly states that Cindy herself has 5 kids. So it looks like this fifth kid is not named in the puzzle. Or is it? Does this puzzle have an answer or is it a typo? Or is it a prank that is driving the internet crazy?

For those of you who have already come up with the answer, congrats!. For those of you on the verge of giving up, keep going….. there is a simple solution to this puzzle.

The clues may be subtle, but they are there in the puzzle itself.

The first clue is in the READ CAREFULLY comment at the end. Reading means you look at what is written closely including the structure of each sentence and the breaks in sentences, etc. So read it aloud.

The second clue is in the punctuation. This will probably give away the answer if you haven’t figured it out as yet.

Still confused? Read on….

The line “What is the name of the fifth kid.” is the clue. Normally you would ask this as a question and it would be punctuated with a question mark at the end. The lack of a question mark makes this a statement and not a question.

So it has stated that the name of the fifth kid is “What”. And that is the answer.

Read Carefully also means that there is no question asked in this!

So What is the answer. (Notice the absence of the question mark!)

 



13 comments
  1. I showed this puzzle to my hubby and he said if “What is the name of the fifth kid” then there is no riddle in this riddle because no question is asked 🙂 I can’t argue with his logic…hehe.

  2. The correct answer is “May”, not “What”, and this “statement” is solved using a simple number sequence. Hint: It is not 12345. It is a 10 number sequence. The first 6 numbers are 112233. Hence, when you complete the sequence, the obvious answer is “May”.

  3. Oh i get it thx for helping me out lol my friends have been asking me these riddles and im still confused but not anymore thx

  4. It’s Cindy has five kids the first kid is named January 2 one is named February 3 one is named March and the fourth one is named April in the last kid is name what. ITS WHAT AT THE LAST HER NAME IS WHAT

  5. It’s Cindy has five kids the first kid is named January 2 one is named February 3 one is named March and the fourth one is named April in the last kid is name what. ITS WHAT AT THE LAST HER NAME IS WHAT

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