This is a question I found in a book, let's see who can puzzle this out:

How is 7 half of 12?

  • $\begingroup$ @Will oh, sorry. I didn't find that when I was looking for it as a duplicate. $\endgroup$
    – dcfyj
    May 20 '16 at 17:23

I believe it is:

XII is 12, but VII (XII cut in half) is 7

  • $\begingroup$ Wow, I honestly wasn't expecting a correct answer so soon, less than a minute after I posted it haha. Good job. $\endgroup$
    – dcfyj
    May 20 '16 at 17:12
  • $\begingroup$ Don't forget to mark it as the correct answer! $\endgroup$
    – Yllrauei
    May 20 '16 at 17:16
  • $\begingroup$ @Yllrauei I would've marked it right away, but I'm required to wait before I mark it as the site won't let me until the question is 15 minutes old. $\endgroup$
    – dcfyj
    May 20 '16 at 17:20

If you

Cut XII (12 in Roman numerals) in half along the horizontal, you get VII (7)

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    $\begingroup$ I like that using the code font invalidates this riddle, as cutting XII in this font in half does not, in fact produce VII, but rather VTT $\endgroup$
    – Paul L
    May 20 '16 at 17:58
  • $\begingroup$ @question-asker I didn't meant to nitpick at all. I apologize if that's how it came out. I was mostly amused that the answer to the riddle (or rather, whether or not it has an answer) depends on what font one uses. Perhaps I should have included a ":-)" in my original comment. :-) $\endgroup$
    – Paul L
    May 20 '16 at 18:01
  • $\begingroup$ @PaulL OK! (PS - don't know why your comment ended up being addressed to dcfyj, but I got a notification anyway.) $\endgroup$ May 20 '16 at 18:02
  • $\begingroup$ because I'm dumb and didn't realize your name actually was question_asker, and thought SE was telling me the asker of the question is the one who left the comment. I corrected it when I realized my mistake. $\endgroup$
    – Paul L
    May 20 '16 at 18:03
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    $\begingroup$ @PaulL Ha! That's totally understandable! $\endgroup$ May 20 '16 at 18:04

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