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Jason's mother has five children. The first one is July. The second one is August. The third one is September. The fourth one is October. What is the fifth child's name?

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  • $\begingroup$ @mmking Duplicate of what? ;-) $\endgroup$ Jul 4, 2015 at 14:16
  • $\begingroup$ That question got deleted, so I found another one: possible duplicate of What was her name? $\endgroup$
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    $\begingroup$ @warspyking Normally, yes; but I thought this one was better than the older one! I'm pretty sure that VTCing the older one is 'the done thing' in these circumstances? $\endgroup$ Jul 4, 2015 at 19:23
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    $\begingroup$ @warspyking there's no "has the title" to it. When two questions cover the same ground, either might be closed as a dupe of the other. Often it's based on the quality of the answers. It's even possible for mods to merge answers that were posted on one question over to the other if both questions have good answers. System wide, old questions can be and are closed as dupes of newer questions. $\endgroup$ Jul 4, 2015 at 21:16
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    $\begingroup$ @warspyking Check this out: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/147643/… $\endgroup$ Jul 4, 2015 at 22:47

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The fifth child is

Jason

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Jason's four siblings have been described. That means that the fifth one, the one remaining, is Jason.

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The initials of July, August, September, October, and November spell Jason. Therefore the seemingly-right answer of November, which we reject because we're told she's Jason's mother, can in fact be right if "Jason" is the family nickname for all the children the way "the girls" or "the rugrats" is in some families.

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    $\begingroup$ This is ... brilliant! $\endgroup$ Jul 4, 2015 at 14:42
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Since the question states that Jason's mother has five children, the fifth must be named Jason.

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