November 27th Teaser Solution

Brain Teasers: A brain teaser is a form of puzzle that requires thought to solve. It often requires thinking in unconventional ways with given constraints in mind; sometimes it also involves lateral thinking. Logic puzzles and riddles are specific types of brain teasers. Today's can be found below....

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The Teaser

Eight and five, last name and given,
We are one six six six even;
The first in cow, the last in oxen
Three in damsel, three in vixen.
What are we called?

One of five, I the only one,
One in cat, two in mitten,
Two are odd, five are even
Seven in all, one in seven.


The Solution

Roman Numerals. The last name has eight letters [NUMERALS] while the first or given name has five [ROMAN]. Using each of the numerals once gives MDCLXVI, which is 1,666. C [which is found in Cow] is first of the seven in the alphabet while X [which is found in oXen] is last. Three of seven are found in DaMseL. Three are also found in VIXen. Explanation of the hint; I is the only one of five vowels among the seven Roman numerals. C is found in Cat, M and I in MItten. I and V are odd numbers. The rest are even numbers. There are seven Roman numerals. One of them is found in seVen [the V].


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