**Looking for a way to keep yourself entertained in lockdown? Well, these complicated riddles and logic puzzles definitely fit the bill. **

Since lockdown was announced in the UK back on Monday, March 23rd, riddles have had a revival online. Both new and old, we’ve seen an abundance of riddles floating about online.

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There have been riddles which have split the nation over their answers and others which have a more logical, simple conclusion. This has largely depended on the type of riddle: whether it is a language or mathematic problem.

The new riddle on the scene – ‘In a square room there are 4 cats in every corner’ – has stumped many across the country, but there are some who have found a concrete answer to the maths problem. Find out here!

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### In a square room there are 4 cats in every corner

The riddle reads as such…

“In a square room there is a cat in every corner of the room. In front of each cat, there are 3 cats. How many cats are there in the room?”

### In a square room there are 4 cats: Answers

If you read that there are 4 cats in the room and in front of each cat is another 3 cats, then it might lead you to the answer of 16. This is not correct.

You will have reached this answer if you assumed that there was 3 cats *in front* of *every *cat in the corner. That would mean 4 cats in every corner ( 4 x 4 = 16).

Gadget Grasp have claimed that the answer is down to whether you recognise the language used in the riddle. They claim the answer is 4 cats in total.

You can reach this answer by dissecting each statement in the riddle. The first statement, “**In a square room there are 4 cats in every corner of the room**,” then we know that the room is square with 4 corners and that there are 4 cats to begin with.

The second statement of the riddle reads “**In front of each cat there are 3 cats**.” As we already know from the first statement that there are 4 cats in the room, each cat will see the other 3 cats in the other 3 corners of the room.

Yet, people are still arguing online over the wording of the riddle – we might never reach a conclusive answer!

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The riddle says "in front of" not "visible to each cat" which implies directionality of the Prime cats.Assuming a fixed line of site only one of the prime cats will ever be "in front of" another. This riddle is worded poorly and I suspect it has been deliberately.