I go into a store and point. I say "How much for 1?"
The storeowner replies "20 cents".

I then ask "So, how much is 12?" His answer: "40 cents".

I decide "Please could I have 112".
"That will be 60 cents please", replies the owner.

What was I pointing at?

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    $\begingroup$ This is a classic lateral thinking puzzle that's been around for a looong time and can be found all over the web (e.g. here, here, here and here) - this should probably be mentioned in the question... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Feb 21, 2022 at 20:45

2 Answers 2


You were pointing at

brass digits for your house number. Each digit is 20 cents.


Each digit value is 20 cents, so for 1 is 20 cents (because the number is just one digit) for 12 is 40 because the number has two digits and for 112 is 60 because the number has three digits.

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome! Consider putting your answer in spoiler tags using ">! ". $\endgroup$
    – Sam Dean
    Feb 22, 2022 at 9:59

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