A math problem from Singapore went viral the other day, so when you’re at it, here comes another one:
There were just five people in church this Sunday: the priest, the sexton and three visitors, Siv, Per and Eva (a Swedish church!). The sexton happened to know how old the visitors were, but the priest didn’t, and as he was fond of math riddles he decided to challenge the priest. By the way: the priest and the sexton knew each otherâ€™s ages.
The sexton to the priest: â€œIf you multiply the ages of Siv, Per and Eva you get 2450. Can you calculate how old each of them is?
Priest: â€œNo I canâ€™t.â€
Sexton: â€œThe sum of Sivâ€™s, Perâ€™s and Evaâ€™s ages is double my age. Do you know their ages now?â€
Sexton: â€œWhat if I tell you that you are the oldest of us five in the church?â€
Priest: â€œThen I know how old Siv, Per and Eva are!â€
The question to you the reader: How old is the priest?
If this frustrates you too much I have aÂ linkÂ to a solution. Just go to Twitter @LarsSchaff, mark the tweet as aÂ favoriteÂ (then I know you want help), and then follow me (so I can reach you).