# How many words are in the answer?

There is no question. There is text:

How many words are in the answer?

Nice anagram.

This either means that the answer is...

one (the literal interpretation of the anagram)

or perhaps...

two (the answer = "one word")

I don't think it is ...

5 - Given that "There is no question", the sentence itself is not the answer

• This actually implies that the answer is seven. – Ian MacDonald Apr 12 '16 at 16:02
• @IanMacDonald It's the 5 words that are in the second line that compose the anagram. The first part is (mostly) just a comment, and partly there to fulfill the character requirement :) – charfellow Apr 12 '16 at 16:20
• @charfellow, you may have revealed a sentence hidden by an anagram, but it does not answer the question. – Ian MacDonald Apr 12 '16 at 16:46
• @Patrice But (the thing you're worried about revealing) is one of the tags in the question. – question_asker Apr 12 '16 at 17:37
• @question_asker I had considered having it outside spoilers, but thought at first (like Patrice) it might be spoilery. Given a second look at your comment though, I'm inclined to agree with you (and f"). – charfellow Apr 12 '16 at 17:50

It's quite obvious that

there are two words in "the answer"

• This doesn't fulfill the "anagram tag" but I agree it's quite obvious. +1 – Raystafarian Apr 13 '16 at 18:43
• @Raystafarian dang it, I missed the anagram tag – Kevin Apr 13 '16 at 18:44

How many words are in the answer?

Never mind the quoted text.
The answer to this question is always "one".
Because the answer is a number, and no number other than one is written with as many words as its value.

• Or it could be "Two words", "There are four words", "There are seven words in the answer", ... – Florian F Jul 23 '17 at 12:12

I'm drawn to the statement:

There is no question

That would lead me to the logical conclusion that:

The naive interpretation would be:

0 - because there is no answer, so it has no words

However,

this would be an answer and therefore imply a question - so maybe you should smile and nod and walk away rather than answer a question that doesn't exist

• If you look closely at the last line or title of the puzzle, you may be able to see a question hidden amongst the letters. – Ian MacDonald Apr 12 '16 at 23:39
• There is? I see a question mark, but it can't belong to a question because the title tells me so :) – user208769 Apr 28 '16 at 16:23

Five.

But, since

Five is an answer as well, the answer becomes "One", which can't be reduced further.

This could be an anagram for:

either of which would be

a single word "yes" for "nod" or "no" for "nod otherwise" to which I would answer "one word".

or it could be

"zero words", since either head movement would be a gesture - no word at all.

Others have stated that this answer is the naive interpretation which instantly lead me astray. That said, let's examine two key things you have said. You have stated:

There is no question.

How many words are in the answer?

From what I see, everything you say outside of those two statements is irrelevant.

With no question, there is no answer. So, the answer is: 0.

• How many teeth does a human on Mars have? There is no human on Mars, so a human on Mars has zero teeth. The moral of the story is don't go to Mars without dental insurance. – Fax Apr 13 '16 at 11:46
• @Fax Nice argument. Just because a x b = 0 doesn't mean both a and b are 0. – cst1992 Apr 13 '16 at 13:18

I know this is wrong but my answer is

27

Because

there are exactly 27 words in my answer if you count a number as one word.