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!)