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mike paris
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Hi all ,i am new to this site but not new to magic,so I thought maybe I could give you a puzzle you may not have heard,let,s see,,,2 men are in a bar having a chat these men have never met before,in walk 2 women first man says to the second man here comes my wife and daughter,the other man says now wait a minute that's my wife and daughter,,,,well there you have it lets see if you know it,mike
Jonathan Townsend
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Are they wearing name tags?
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mike paris
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Good idea I will call 1st man brian 2nd man john,the 2 women I will name anne and carol
Jonathan Townsend
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Thanks Mike, I was wondering if one was named Daughter.
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Craig Matsuoka
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Are Anne and Carol half sisters?

If so, that would mean Brian and John each fathered a child by the same woman - that woman being the mother of Anne and Carol. Brian married Carol (John's daughter), and John married Anne (Brian's daughter).

Iffin that ain't the solution, I reck'n it oughtta be.
mike paris
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Jonathan,you are on the right track,craig you are even closer,,a little more thought,mike
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How about this

Brian (age 50) married Anne (aged 40) and had a daughter Carol (aged 20)
John (aged 60) married Carol (aged 20) and - by a previous relationship many years earlier - had a daughter Anne (aged 40)
Jonathan Townsend
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Sorry, I just re-read the Heinlein story 'All You Zombies' so will stay out of this one. They could all be the same person.
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0pus
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In that case, not only are they all the same person, but they are probably also mike paris.

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mike paris
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Pxs,you are very close,but not quite there,because you are close I will give answer soon,mike
mike paris
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Pxs,you are very close,but not quite there,because you are close I will give answer soon,mike
Jonathan Townsend
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One could also go for the Philip K. Dick version where both guys are visitors from separate timelines as in 'Man in the High Tower'.

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Maybe they'd just been drinking in the bar too long. Only one woman walked in and was related to neither of them.
mike paris
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Ok here it is,brian marries X and they have a daughter ANNE,brian divorces X ,,,,john marries Y and they have a daughter CAROL, john divorces Y,,,so now brian marries carol ,and john marries anne ,and so the 2 women are wife(carol) and daughter(anne) to brian, and wife(anne) and daughter(carol) to john,,was the title a help or a hindrence?the art of suggestion our powerful ally in magic.,mike
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Got it!

The two women are a performing duo who perform under the group name 'My Wife and Daughter'.
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