1880, August the first, Jones is a cowboy. and he is ready to settle down and look for a house to stay in. He's been wandering Texas for quite some time now. He doesn't have much with him - only a few thousand dollars, some extra clothes and his horse.
So when he's looking for a house, he wants a house with a stable also.

Day 1)
He enters a town on Sunday at night. It's too dark to see anything so Jones decides to rent a room for the night and look for a house the next day.

And so he does ...

Day 2)
He looks around for a house but finds a bar, he gets drawn into the bar and Jones is ready to make some new friends. Bill becomes his new drinking partner. They drink all day and so Jones doesn't find a house, so he has to rent another room for the night.

And so he does ...

Day 3)
Jones knows that Bill is back at the bar so he's avoiding the bar today. During his search for a house he finds a casino. Jones has never been to a casino, so he is tempted to enter the casino. He does enter eventually. He stays all day at the casino and wastes about 90% of his money there. At the end of the day, Jones doesn't find a house once more. So he has to rent a room for the night.

And so he does ...

Day 4)
Jones wakes up broke, almost all of his money is gone. He cannot afford a house anymore. Jones buys some food with his last bit of money and leaves town on Sunday.

And so he does ...

Question: How is it possible that he enters the town on Sunday and leaves the town on Sunday when only 4 days have passed?

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    $\begingroup$ xkcd.com/169 $\endgroup$ – Shadur May 3 '16 at 9:24
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    $\begingroup$ You might want to change "thousand" to a more reasonable amount of money a cowboy might actually be carrying in 1880. Having that much cash would likely have meant that he left the bar in a pine box. Even saying he only had a few hundred left over would mean he was pretty well off. $\endgroup$ – NotMe May 3 '16 at 14:02
  • $\begingroup$ Darn! I was sure he had lunch, gunned someone down in the street, and then departed...oh, sorry - wrong joke! :-) $\endgroup$ – Bob Jarvis - Reinstate Monica May 4 '16 at 2:05
  • $\begingroup$ @Warlord 099: Thanks for the spoiler... $\endgroup$ – Anne Aunyme May 4 '16 at 8:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Warlord099 thanks for spoiling it.. not nice $\endgroup$ – user1298069 May 4 '16 at 9:25

Sunday is the name of his horse. He enters and leaves the town (riding) on Sunday.

  • $\begingroup$ Then there is a mistake in the riddle... Some capitals letters are missing ! But nice one ! $\endgroup$ – AxelH May 3 '16 at 10:07
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    $\begingroup$ His horse is on the phone to Monday. Tuesday's on the phone to me. $\endgroup$ – Darrel Hoffman May 3 '16 at 13:23
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    $\begingroup$ It's nice though that August 1, 1880 was actually a Sunday. $\endgroup$ – Mr Lister May 3 '16 at 16:02

Somewhat ridiculous answer, but could be possible... maybe

Jones is an incarnation of the Doctor and goes to 1880 to rent a buy a house, on some other day than Sunday. He leaves the T.A.R.D.I.S. in town, gets a horse, and rides into the town on a Sunday. He stays four days, uses the T.A.R.D.I.S. to go back or forwards to a Sunday, and then leaves.


  • $\begingroup$ Creative but no :( Jones doesn't own a T.A.R.D.I.S. $\endgroup$ – Decypher May 3 '16 at 8:55
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    $\begingroup$ Well, I knew the classic horse answer, but I didn't want to use it. $\endgroup$ – Klyzx May 3 '16 at 8:55
  • $\begingroup$ @CaelanO'Toole Me too. :) $\endgroup$ – Devsman May 4 '16 at 12:21
  • $\begingroup$ @Decypher - ehhhh...would you believe a DeLorean with a flux capacitor? $\endgroup$ – Bob Jarvis - Reinstate Monica May 4 '16 at 12:59
  • $\begingroup$ @BobJarvis I totally would. Bought one myself ( on a 1:64 scale) $\endgroup$ – Decypher May 4 '16 at 13:01

The horse gallops at a significant portion of the speed of light, so relativity causes him to advance from Sunday to Sunday in four days.


Bill roofied Jones and he woke up three days later without knowing how many days have passed.

  • $\begingroup$ Creative but no, roofies were created in 1957 I believe. $\endgroup$ – Decypher May 3 '16 at 9:46
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    $\begingroup$ Time-travelling roofies? ;) $\endgroup$ – Gigala May 3 '16 at 9:53
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    $\begingroup$ @Gigala So this is the bill is the doctor answer. $\endgroup$ – Yakk May 3 '16 at 13:20

Sunday is the name of a road through - or, merely into - the town. (Similar answer to cpj's)


Jones drank a few too many martinis at the casino, and mistook a near light speed train car for his hotel at the end of day three. the train then departed and ran for a just enough time for 3 days to pass in time relative to the town. Jones was only on the train for a few hours at most, depending on how incredibly advanced this train is.


Jones Entered on Sunday and left the same day. According to Jones, he thought he lived in that town many days, lived a day and that is it for Jones


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