10 Math Riddles You Won't Solve On The First Try

With math riddles, you're often on the brink of total despair – but can you solve these riddles on the first try ? It's not that easy!

Even if maths is not your favourite subject, you will have fun with the riddles!
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Math - for most of us, it's a hated subject that we never, ever, ever really liked. While the math nerds in the classroom always understood everything immediately and knew the solutions straight away, some of us took far too long, still not understanding what's going on at the end. We have selected some tricky math problems and riddles that even math freaks have to think about. Can you solve these 10 problems?

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#1 A Simple Warm-Up Question: How Many Hidden Numbers do you See in the Picture?


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The numbers represented are: 6 + 8 + 9 + 4 + 2 + 1. Did you find them all?

#2 If the Snake is 0, the Stork is 2 and the Dog is 4, Then What is 8?


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Can you find the right solution to the riddle?
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The snake has 0 legs, the stork has 2, the dog has 4 and only the octopus has 8 legs, so D is the correct answer!

#3 Which Number are we Looking for Here?

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How can someone be the father if you are not the son?
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We're looking for the number 12! Multiply the 8 with the 7 to get the number 56. The number that is being multiplied becomes one less, until in the end we have to multiply 4 by 3.

#4 He is My Father, but I am not His Son. How is That Possible?

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Who has mastered the rule of three and can solve the calculation quickly?
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Have you considered that the person narrating the riddle could be a woman? If it's not the son, it's probably the daughter, right? 

#5 Now we Come to the Rule of Three: What Percentage Comes out Here?


The result is simple!

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It's 10%, of course! That really wasn't difficult. Can you do one more riddle?

#6 What Number are we Looking for Here? Can you Find the Answer Right Away?

Math Challenge shared this tricky riddle on their Facebook account!

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Can you find all the triangles in the riddle?
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The correct answer is 4! There are 9 junctions at the top, only one in the middle and 4 junctions at the bottom. Did you know that or were you on the wrong track? Let's move on! 

#7 How Many Triangles Can you See? Better Count Again Before you Give an Answer!

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There are 8 triangles to see! Have you found all of them? 

#8 Which Numbers Belong in the Empty Boxes so That the Corresponding Result Comes Out?

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A 3 is missing at the top left, a 5 at the top right, a 9 at the bottom left and a 3 again at the bottom right. Makes sense, doesn't it? 

#9 A Riddle for All Cat Lovers: Which Number Comes out at the End? Look Carefully!

Continue to the solution of the Math Challenge's riddle...

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I hope you didn't guess 25! Because the correct answer is 15! A whole cat stands for 10, its head for a 5 and a paw for 1. So at the end you have the equation: 5 + 1 x 10 = 15. 

#10 Now it Gets Difficult Again: Which Number is Missing Between the 11 and the 1?

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Mathematics is terribly complicated and wonderfully logical.
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2 - 1 = 1

4 - 2 = 2

7 - 4 = 3

11 - 7 = 4

16 - 11 = 5

So the correct answer is 16!

How many did you get right? If you got at least seven right, you can call yourselves geniuses!