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pkin38

No no Maria you can do it.
jcarroll you are too funny.

eaglefeather

VROOMM!!! over my head! :))

jcarroll

Now, when we factor reality into this equation, it becomes much easier! Everytime I buy new socks at Wal-mart, the new socks are a little different and each sock wears out at a differnt rate so now I buy only white socks and am not too worried if they are slightly different, so I go with an answer of 2!

pkin38

Sorry Stevem didn't mean to give you a heart attack.
You are correct Lyndee.
Shirley can't blame you
Leet that's just a little hiccup it will start working again
Celeste they are not matched up in the drawer.
Shirley I do too but unfornately this person didn't.

shirley68

Yep! I'm with you CelesteH, I always fold socks in pairs, no problem finding a pair. :)

CelesteH

ok its 2
if they are matched up in the drawer to begin with. just grab a set :)

Now I have proof that my brain doesn't work properly.

shirley68

I didn't comment, as I had no idea.

lyndee

Ok.....I'll say five! LOL

stevem

Tkanks, pk - I can now breathe a hearty sigh of relief; you had me worried, because I am (or was!) a mathematician.

pkin38

So glad it has Pat. I have several little things I'm going to put on to break the monotony.
That's what I say GJST thanks for stopping in.

pdevredis

Ah, thanks, Pat--my faith in mathematics and the laws of probability has been restored! LOL!!!

Congratulations, Stevem!

pkin38

Sorry guys I have no idea where I got ten.Just looked at the wrong answer on the sheet. But Stevem was right this morning early when he said 5.

pdevredis

I agree--five is the most reasonable answer. As for the same colors not necessarily being identical, then there are 3 pair of black, 2 of blue, 4 of brown, and 1 of red. If you take out just 10 socks, at the most diverse, you'd have one sock of each colored pair, so you would need the extra, eleventh sock, just as Steve said.

stevem

Sorry, PK, can't see that! As worded, the answer is quite definitely 5 (the question does not demand that you are able to pick the pair, simply that you have a pair). Equally, it is assumed that any two of the same colour constitutes a pair (otherwise, surely that would have been stated). Even if you allow that 'same colour' does not constitute a pair, than the answer has to be 11, NOT 10!

pkin38

Pat the answer is 10. Morris was the only that got it right. How the figured it out I have no idea. I came to the conclusion if you add the sox (20) and divide by 2.

bookish

Good morning Pat. Looking forward to your answer later on.
Perhaps you have to pull out as many as a baker's dozen!

pdevredis

But I'm guessing there's some trick to the wording of the question, just as with the egg-laying rooster! I just can't see what it is...! :-)

pdevredis

Yes, you could, but the question uses the word "sure", and you couldn't be sure with two, unless, of course, you then turned on the light and found out you'd gotten lucky!

pkin38

Pat I do have the answer but in reality you could be lucky and pick the first two as a match.

pdevredis

You're no more sure with 20 socks than with 5, actually. With 5 socks, you have at least one pair; with 20, you have all 10 pairs; but in neither case do you know which two socks to select to make a matching pair...

morris186

It is, that was fun on a gloomy morning!

pkin38

Still laughing pretty good puzzle right...

morris186

Thanks, that was a tough one! Now i have to go back to bed, I am exhausted after all of this thinking!!! (:

morris186

I had a typo, that is why I pulled my comment. It read.
Right? or am I missing something?

pkin38

Smarty!!!!!!!!!!!!

morris186

20 socks, 10 pairs. If you can not see what color they are you need to take every sock out of the drawer to be sure!

pkin38

I know I could tell them how to do it but I'm not. It is so easy.Thanks jcarroll

jcarroll

You are working with a tough group, Pat. You'll never get "right" answer because we all think 'outside the box'! LOL!

pilley

A little more awake now, I am a night owl and one hour ahead of west coast USA time. The correct answer is 2, but I did have to re-read the question a few times to find the clue.

pkin38

Ank you be real careful thaat's how we break bones this time of year. Good morning you need to read the question again slowly.
Good morning Morris It is raining here again the other day PG told me when I get enough send the rest his way. If I could I would send it all that way. Now Morris this is in the dark. Think and count and how many make a pair.

morris186

You be careful out there on the ice Ank!!!
20 Pat! You would have to take every sock out to guarantee a match!

puzzeljac

agree with Jan. Why not turn on the light. But if 5 is not the right answer, there must be some funny joke. Great opportunity that if they have been washed together that everything has become one color. Then you only need to pull out two.
Good morning Sissy. It's cold in NL, this night it was 12F, now it's 26 with a lot of sun. We did not have new snow, but there is still snow at the ground. This morning it was very slippery and I did kiss the ground. But it doesn't hurt and I could walk further. I wish you a very nice day.

pkin38

Good morning Jan you of all poeple I would have thought you had that figured out in no time. Hugs

bradjan

Never had that many pairs at one time. I would just turn on the light.

pkin38

Grandmalucy sorry not 5 thanks for playing...Have a good day

grandmalucy

yes 5 would work, after pulling out one blk or one red or one blue or one red the next has to match something...

pkin38

Ardy well I thought they were put in single so you have to pair them.

ringleader

Revised count - 11. I was assuming that all the black ones matched each other etc. If they don't, then you have 10 pairs of socks so number 11 would match one other one. However, if the socks are in the drawer in pairs - as mine are - you need just one choice.

pkin38

I can't believe all these comments Lets just say that there truly is an answer to this. But I will not say just yet what it is.
Pilley you are up early for a Sat morning.
mhughes69 It sounds like you are on the west coast or close to it.
Stevem sorry wrong. Think a little harder.
roberta4 you are a few short too.
Robbie that sounds like something my hubby would do.
jcarroll and you don't care what color.
Thanks everyone .

ringleader

Good morning, Pat. I believe the answer would be 5. There are 4 colors so the 5th sock wold have to match one of the first four. But then you've got to find some light to find which one it does match!! have a good day. Hugs.

jcarroll

Good one, Pat. Since I am a male pensioner, 2 works every time!

Robbiel

Good morning PK, if it is completely dark with no light, forget it, you couldn't see the colours in the dark!
Lots of possibilities though if you have any of these blinking lights from technical equipment. Enjoy your weekend.

roberta4

5

stevem

I'm going for five. Worst-case scenario is you get 1 black, 1 blue, 1 brown, 1 red; then, whatever you next draw out will match one of these.

mhughes69

I would say 18! But, for me it is 3:22 a.m. and I'm probably not thinking too straight myself.

pilley

If it stays dark you only need 2, if you go out in public my number is 14, but at 4:00am who knows.

pkin38

Good morning Pilley. Sorry since I made you think did you come up with an answer?

pilley

Ouch, don't make me think at this hour.