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As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Each wife had seven sacks. Each sack has seven cats. Each cat had seven kits. Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, How many were going to St. Ives?

Only one. (but see solution)

Literally, only "I" was going to St. Ives. But suppose they were going in the same direction? You could easily figure how many people, sacks, and critters I met: 1 +7 +7^2 + 7^3 + 7^4 = (7^5 - 1)/(7 - 1) = 2801. Add "me" and you get 2802.

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Mudaser Ali

only 1


huzefa

only 1 man


DUH!!

2800

  

DUH!!

2802 with the men


Виктория Яцкова

Only one - the author of the puzzle


Hal Royden

I suppose the answer could also be 2. Nowhere does it say that the man had his wives, etc. with him.


Edgar Allen Poe

Probably only one person but as many as 2802. It only says that "I" was going to saint Ives, not all of them people mentioned in the riddle


Виктория Яцкова

If the man, who author met, went in the same direction then the answer is 2753, since the sacks are not living creatures that could be going somewhere.

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Gene
almost 4 years ago
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