# Can You Solve Thís? Seemingly Simple Equation Baffles Most Adults

Simple matters of addition are usually considered child’s play.

What if you arrange a couple of laughably easy equations in a specific order and then add a logical question to them? Then they can become a real puzzler.

Take a look at the math puzzle below and see what you make of it. Bear in mind though: As is so often the case in life, more than one solution is possible!

Mull it over a few minutes and then write down your answer.

Don’t cheat by scrolling down, however!

Alright, pencils down. Have you reached a solution?

This is the correct answer:

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Here is how we can break it down:

- 1 + 4 = 5. No argument there, right?
- Then you add 2 + 5 and you get 7. And then, you add 5 (the sum of the previous equation) to this number, and you get 12.
- Apply the same formula: add 3 + 6 and get 9, then add the 9 to the sum you got before, 12. Now you have a total of 21.
- Finally, you take the 8 + 11 in the last equation to get 19. Then you add that number to the sum of the previous equation (21). Your total now? 40!

### Was 40 your answer? Good job! But as we said before, there is more than one correct answer to this problem. Here’s another one:

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96, how come? Here’s how we got to that number:

- 1 + 4 = 5. This one we just can’t argue with.
- From now on, you multiply the second number with the first number in the equation. In this instance, 2 + 5 ( x 2) = 12.
- 3 + 6 ( x 3) = 21.
- And finally, we get to 8 + 8 ( x 11) and come to a total of … 96!

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**What answer to did get? Was it one of those two numbers? If so, congratulations! You’ve passed today’s math test with flying colors.**

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