# Two women riddle

Two women were walking together down the street, each carrying a baby in her arms, they seen approaching two men also walking together in the opposite direction to them, one of the women said to the other:

Look out, there are our fathers, fathers of our children, husbands of our mothers, and our own husbands.

Which relationship or kinship unites them?

• youtube.com/watch?v=eYlJH81dSiw – Meiffert Jul 28 '16 at 8:19
• This is possibly plagiarism. I found this question on page 170 of Classic Logic Puzzles, by J.J Mendora Fernandez, George J. Summers, and Norman D. Willis, copyright 2003. It's not word-for-word, but it's the same puzzle. – Mithical Jul 30 '16 at 19:14
• @Mithrandir Do you have a free location where that could be verified? – user20 Jul 30 '16 at 19:53
• @Emrakul No, but I have the book... – Mithical Jul 30 '16 at 19:56
• @Mithrandir I actually laughed, not kidding. That's amazing. Lemme think a minute, and see if I can find a closer-to-verbatim source. – user20 Jul 30 '16 at 20:02

This question really puzzled me so I want to come up with some simple scenario:

Imagine 2 girls who know each other or they are friends and they look at their fathers.

Which covers:
Here are our fathers + husbands of our mothers

They grow older and their mothers die or disappear for some reason. So each of the girls stays with their father as kind of a half widow/orphan (the one with only one parent left).

Next

Each of the girls marry the other girl's father.

This covers:

there are our fathers + husbands of our mothers + our own husbands
(husbands of our mothers: each girl is also the other girl's new mother)

Now

they all have children.

This now covers

there are our fathers + fathers of our children + husbands of our mothers + and our own husbands

• congrats! you have guessed than the mothers of the two women are dead good job @Avigrail – Mateo Hermosilla Jul 28 '16 at 8:59

M1 is the father of W1, M2 is the father of W2.
M1 married W2 and M2 married W1, both couples had children.

The men are now our fathers, fathers of our children, husbands of our (step)mothers and our own husbands.

• you are near the answer... but how it's possible than the mens are husbands of mothers of womans and husbands of them? ;) – Mateo Hermosilla Jul 28 '16 at 8:42
• he has explained that : M1 is huband of mother of W1 and husband of W2 too. – Sikorski Jul 28 '16 at 8:55

The men are son and father, the women are mother/daughter.

our fathers

their fathers - son/father

fathers of our children

the mother and daughter are holding the twins of the daughter

husbands of our mothers

father/son

and our own husbands.

the father is the husband of the woman

Woman 1 and man 1 are married, and their child is baby 1. Woman 2 and man 2 are married and their child is baby 2.

No other relationships are needed.

When one of the women said "Look out, there are our fathers, fathers of our children, husbands of our mothers, and our own husbands", she was speaking for the group consisting of herself, the other woman, and the two babies.

Our fathers

The two men are the two babies' fathers.

Fathers of our children

The two men are the fathers of the babies who are the children of the two women.

Husbands of our mothers

The two men are the husbands of the mothers of the babies.

Our own husbands

The two men are the women's husbands .

there are our fathers, fathers of our children, husbands of our mothers, and our own husbands.

• There are our fathers, husbands of our mothers: woman1 is daughter of man1 and woman2 is daughter of man2.

• There are our own husbands: woman1 married man2 and woman2 married man1.

• There are fathers of our children: woman1 carried child of herself and man2 and woman2 carried child of herself and man1.

• Hello, welcome to Puzzling SE! In the future, please remember to use the spoiler formatting to prevent accidental showing of the answer :) – Inazuma Jul 28 '16 at 23:19