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I appreciate the offer of a bonus point, but I decline.
I am not worthy, because I wasn't thinking very clearly.
If it was in vitro fertilization, there wouldn't be a need for
the father to be at the hospital. (Not that the bonus question
required the father to be at the hospital).

Any other ideas? No.
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Yeah, in this there is no actual requirement for the father to be at the hospital. Mind you, even in the original puzzle, there is no strict requirement (for the reason you mentioned) for the father to be present at conception.

To answer my question, you have to have a re-think on the age of the child right now...
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As George correctly pointed out,
the "child" must be -.75 years old.
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Not necessarily.
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You see, the problem with this is an inside out open ended type of question, Where's the father?
Right now? Then? In the beginning? Six years later???
I'm confused now Smile
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On 2006-10-02 11:27, Nir Dahan wrote:
The mother is 21 years older than the child. In 6 years from now, the mother will be 5 times as old as the child. Where's the father?

Given that the original problem statement does not include any reference to the "mother" or "child" being human there are lots more answers ...
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Good one, Jonathan!



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You dudes are SMART!!!!! Smile
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There is a solution in which it is logical that the father is at a hospital. You may not agree that it is a valid solution, but it requires you to re-do the maths...
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Would that be "two of us" or I dig a sea-horse? (okay it's a bad beatles joke)
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Well, this mans father is my fathers son. Who is he???
Come check out my magic.

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Vin, not enough info there. Could be your nephew or your son.

/Tomas
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On 2007-02-01 14:27, TomasB wrote:
Vin, not enough info there. Could be your nephew or your son.

/Tomas


Or your brother or even... yourself!
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Brothers and sisters, I have none, but . . .
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On 2007-02-01 17:17, RKB wrote:
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On 2007-02-01 14:27, TomasB wrote:
Vin, not enough info there. Could be your nephew or your son.

/Tomas


Or your brother or even... yourself!


Huh? How can it be your brother? How can it be yourself?
I think Tomas's answer was complete.

As Opus pointed out, the traditional version goes:
"Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man's father is my
father's son." Now the speaker must be referring to his own son.
Vin left out the part about the speaker being an only child, and that's
why Tomas was correct when he pointed out that the answer could be
either the speaker's son or the speaker's nephew.

(Yes, I'm familiar with "I'm my own grandpa." But for yourself
or your brother to be possible answers to Vin's version, your
father would have to be his own father! Now unless your father was able
to time-travel, I don't think this is possible. I don't think your
father could even be his own step-father...unless it was legal
to marry your own mother.)
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On 2007-02-02 12:49, stanalger wrote:
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On 2007-02-01 17:17, RKB wrote:
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On 2007-02-01 14:27, TomasB wrote:
Vin, not enough info there. Could be your nephew or your son.

/Tomas


Or your brother or even... yourself!


Huh? How can it be your brother? How can it be yourself?
I think Tomas's answer was complete.

As Opus pointed out, the traditional version goes:
"Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man's father is my
father's son." Now the speaker must be referring to his own son.
Vin left out the part about the speaker being an only child, and that's
why Tomas was correct when he pointed out that the answer could be
either the speaker's son or the speaker's nephew.

(Yes, I'm familiar with "I'm my own grandpa." But for yourself
or your brother to be possible answers to Vin's version, your
father would have to be his own father! Now unless your father was able
to time-travel, I don't think this is possible. I don't think your
father could even be his own step-father...unless it was legal
to marry your own mother.)
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With another woman... Duh! LOL! Smile


People think way too hard, it's an obvious answer!!
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