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.