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Quick brain teaser to start the week off on the right foot (and mind)

 

A blind beg­gar had a broth­er who died.

What rela­tion was the blind beg­gar to the broth­er who died?

Broth­er” is not the answer.

 

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still work­ing on it?


Expla­na­tion:
This puz­zle is very sim­ple and yet stumps many who have not heard it before, because we tend to make an implic­it assump­tion about gen­der — in this case that a blind beg­gar is a man.

This puz­zle touch­es on ana­lyt­i­cal func­tions like abstract rea­son­ing, hypoth­e­sis test­ing and implic­it assump­tions, as well as your cre­ativ­i­ty in find­ing nov­el solu­tions to prob­lems and emo­tion­al mem­o­ry.

Answer:
The blind beg­gar was the sis­ter of her broth­er, who died.


For more fun men­tal stim­u­la­tion, try these 25 select­ed Brain Teasers, Games and Illu­sions for teens and adults of any age.

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