It’s the Friday Puzzle!


cover Please do NOT post your answer, but do say if you think you have solved the puzzle and how long it took. Solution on Monday.

My friend left her house, walked 5 miles south, turned east and walked another 5 miles, turned north and walked another 5 miles, and arrived back home.  Where does she live?
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67 comments on “It’s the Friday Puzzle!

  1. Ben says:

    2.34 milliseconds. 😉

  2. Eugene says:

    Not a hundred percent sure of my answer, but I think I got the answer. Took me a minute. 🙂

  3. Owen says:

    About ten seconds, but then again this was one of the first puzzles I learned as a kid. An oldie but a goodie! 🙂

  4. Goliath says:

    After “…walked 5 miles south…” memories came back.

  5. Geodetective says:

    I know this one, but there is more than one answer.
    Cold anyway!

  6. Anne Elk says:

    Couple of minutes. I wonder if my answer is too simple, though.

  7. Eddie says:

    Flash and the pan – waiting for a train.

  8. Lazy T says:

    and what colour was the bear she shot?

  9. Bryan Atherton says:

    Hope I’ve remembered the answer from childhood but would like to note alternative answer.

  10. Slange Navarr says:

    She’s either incredibly wealthy or this is an easy puzzle.

  11. Stan says:

    Oh my God!!!! There are indeed a zillion answers. Hint, some of them can make you dizzy. Thanks for that hint that there are more than one answer.

  12. mgm75 says:

    Sometimes you get them so quickly you wonder if they were designed to fool you into thinking you’ve worked it out straight away. Don’t think this is one of those though.

  13. Anonymous says:

    few mins

  14. Darek Olak says:

    Got it immediately. But still thinking it is too easy to be true.

  15. DaveL says:

    The question doesn’t say “back where she started”, just “back home”. so if her house is 5 miles wide, it could be anywhere!

  16. Andy says:

    OK. Well, even though several idiots have blurted out an answer, or an extremely heftly clue to it, it is NOT the only correct answer. Get those thinking caps on, folks.

  17. mittfh says:

    I got the ‘obvious’ answer immediately, having seen similar puzzles before. However, on closer examination, we’re only told the direction she walks in for one of her three movements 🙂

    • Anders says:

      How close was that closer examination. I see directions for all of them, first south, then east, then north

    • mittfh says:

      While 99.9% of the time you’re likely to walk in the same direction you’re facing (especially over a distance of five miles), it’s possible to walk backwards or sidestep…

  18. Anders says:

    I swear, these puzzles get older and older with each passing week

    Though admittedly, in most versions, the pedestrian shoots a bear and the question is what colour the bear was

  19. Immediately. There are two possible correct answers: the obvious one and a not-so-obvious one.

  20. Dharmaruci says:

    i think she must live on the international space ship in orbit

  21. Colin says:

    Got it in 5 seconds this week.

  22. Ken Haley says:

    This is an old one. There are actually an infinite number of answers in addition to the most common one.

    • Non-Euclid says:

      If there are an infinite number of answers then it does not matter where she lives.
      It applies to Ken Haley, Dave, Anne Elk, I Luv Spoilers and all of the usual suspects.

  23. Ken Haley says:

    Woops. That point was already made…sorry.

  24. ctj says:

    Richard’s friend lives on Phobos.

  25. Yordoc says:

    Well I can only see one answer (the obvious one), so I’ll be interested to see what the others are!

  26. One Eyed Jack says:

    Soooooo, old. This isn’t scraping the bottom of the barrel. This is digging a hole under it.

  27. I Luv Spoilers says:

    Directly over the centre of the earth?
    PS Why is there not more whingeing about spoilers?
    PPS Can those clever dudes who say there are an infinite number of answers please explain this to me right now (or on Monday if they are Spoilerphobes?)

  28. John says:

    She lives in gym, doesn’t she? On the tread mills, right? I’m joking. I got no idea. Good puzzle.

  29. John says:

    Nevermind. I know where she lives now. Hahaha.

  30. John says:

    For those who need a hint: she is probably married to someone famous in the toy business.

  31. Baw says:

    “My friend left her house, walked 5 miles south, turned east and walked another 5 miles, turned north and walked another 5 miles, and arrived back home. Where does she live?”

    Dunno but it’s the last time she’s relying on Apple Maps for directions.

  32. dayuntoday says:

    Recognized it before I finished reading. Heard this one in elementary school.

  33. mike4rebol says:

    I think she must be a land lady.

  34. Gail Hatton says:

    easy, but cool, nice one

  35. Charles Sullivan says:

    I wish that obvious hints were not given in the comments. You know who you are.

  36. Rahm Suntha says:

    The question should have been “What color is the bear, she found at home?”

  37. you are not your carefully chosen screenname says:

    not the answer you’re looking for #1: she lives in her house.
    not the answer you’re looking for #2: she lives on a holographic mobius strip in a black hole.
    not the answer you’re looking for #3: her compass is broken/she used ios maps.
    not the answer you’re looking for #4: aliens did it.
    not the answer you’re looking for #5: irrelevant, she’s part of some cerebral construct designed to facilitate critical thinking in the mothballs of the masses.
    not the answer you’re looking for #6: i forget the sixth one.
    not the answer you’re looking for #7: (common core version) i don’t know the answer, but i know the method, so i win.
    not the answer you’re looking for #8: the cake is a lie.
    not the answer you’re looking for #9: the bear is white/moses didn’t take animals on the ark/you don’t bury survivors/all months have 28 days/roosters don’t lay eggs/the bus driver’s name is your name.
    not the answer you’re looking for #10: who lives?

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