On Friday I posted this puzzle…..

There was a family reunion involving the following people: one grandfather, one grandmother, two fathers, two mothers, four children, three grandchildren, one brother, two sisters, two sons, two daughters, one father-in-law, one mother-in-law, and one daughter-in-law. But only seven people attended. Who were they (e.g., a boy, his mother, etc)?

If you haven’t tried to solve it, have a go now.  For everyone else, the answer is after the break.

There were two girls and a boy, their parents, and their father’s parents.  Did you solve it?

I have produced an ebook containing 101 of the previous Friday Puzzles! It is called PUZZLED and is available for the Kindle (UK here and USA here) and on the iBookstore (UK here in the USA here). You can try 101 of the puzzles for free here.


  1. Got it. Why weren’t the solutions posted Friday removed? Come on Richard, let’s have some hands-on, effective policing here.

    1. Also got it… As far as I can recall, Richard has never contributed to the comments. He can record our comments for an experiment and his own comments would skew the data.

    1. I agree. When you remove people posting the answers, all you really have is a succession of people saying “got it in 2 mins”… “3 mins for me”…. “I think i know but will need pen and paper to check when I get home”.

    2. Baker Boy
      We have comments so that idiots can display their genius [and vice versa].
      PS The above does not apply to my own comment.

  2. I beleive the true answer is simpler than the one Mr Wiseman promotes.

    We need just two people, both perhaps transgendered. The other are superfluid.

    For surely for example I can be a Mother-In-Law without my Mother-In-Law being present in the room. Thus they each embody all the relationships.

    1. Barry, that may perhaps cover all the relationships at a stretch, but not the number of the relationships, which is what the puzzle is all about

    1. That’s also what confused me, but then i realised, the daughter-in-law is not a child of the parents currently present.

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