lynnl

07-22-2019, 12:08 PM

I haven't listened to NPR for some time; don't know if they're still re-running those old CarTalk shows.

But I still get weekly emails with puzzlers. In addition to an entertaining challenge, at times they can be good for a laugh. Here's one from this week that hit my "giggle bone:"

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Give Them the Boot!

RAY: In a country far, far away, there are the two towns of Cityville and Townberg, a few miles apart on either side of a mountain. The preferred footwear in this region is the combat boot.

There are 20,000 people who live in Cityville. And 1 percent of them have one foot only, so they wear, what? One boot. Half of the remaining people in the town wear no boots at all. They go barefoot.

The rest of the people wear two boots. Now you can figure out how many boots there are in Cityville.

In Townberg, 20 percent of the people have one foot. Of the remaining people, half of them wear no boots and half of them wear two boots -- and there are 20 thousand boots worn in Townberg.

Here’s the question. What's the population of Townberg?

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But I still get weekly emails with puzzlers. In addition to an entertaining challenge, at times they can be good for a laugh. Here's one from this week that hit my "giggle bone:"

(quote)

Give Them the Boot!

RAY: In a country far, far away, there are the two towns of Cityville and Townberg, a few miles apart on either side of a mountain. The preferred footwear in this region is the combat boot.

There are 20,000 people who live in Cityville. And 1 percent of them have one foot only, so they wear, what? One boot. Half of the remaining people in the town wear no boots at all. They go barefoot.

The rest of the people wear two boots. Now you can figure out how many boots there are in Cityville.

In Townberg, 20 percent of the people have one foot. Of the remaining people, half of them wear no boots and half of them wear two boots -- and there are 20 thousand boots worn in Townberg.

Here’s the question. What's the population of Townberg?

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