I recently went to visit my cousin, who runs a farm. But when I got there, things were a bit, well... odd:

  • His 10 horses had 24 legs, yet they could all walk normally.
  • For his 30 workers he had 6 teaspoons, yet everyone had at least 1 each.
  • He sent his workers out fishing with tentacle boxes, yet they each caught a lot of fish.

How is this possible?

Disclaimer: A friend of mine told me the first one, but I don't know where he got it from. I don't claim it as my own, but I claim the other two.

  • $\begingroup$ "tentacle boxes" ? boxes containing tentacles? $\endgroup$
    – lois6b
    Nov 25 '16 at 12:35
  • $\begingroup$ @lois6b, I know. Strange isn't it? Boxes made out of tentacles. $\endgroup$ Nov 25 '16 at 12:36
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    $\begingroup$ [word]: "A puzzle whose answer will be a word or a set of words but not a phrase, sentence or sentences." - The answer is clearly i.stack.imgur.com/459U4.jpg . $\endgroup$
    – user14478
    Nov 25 '16 at 12:38

Final answer:

For the 1st one:

One thing that comes to my mind is that the horses had twenty forelegs. And 20 rear ones. Or whatever they are called...

For the 2nd one:

Six teaspons = sixty spoons which is enough for 30 workers

The 3rd one is

Ten tackle boxes, which are boxes used for fishing.

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    $\begingroup$ On the right track. Surely you can get the rest now. $\endgroup$ Nov 25 '16 at 12:40
  • $\begingroup$ And the first? It should be easy now. $\endgroup$ Nov 25 '16 at 12:41
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    $\begingroup$ Yep! You got them all. $\endgroup$ Nov 25 '16 at 12:44
  • $\begingroup$ @lois6b Thanks for edit - forgot it. $\endgroup$
    – oleslaw
    Nov 25 '16 at 12:46
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    $\begingroup$ @lois6b I'm not native english speaker, but I started to learn the language about 20 years ago... $\endgroup$
    – oleslaw
    Nov 25 '16 at 12:47

For the first one:

There are six adult horses (6 x 4 = 24 legs) out of which 4 horses are pregnant, making a total of 10 horses.

For the third one:

Can a tentacle box refer to a box jellyfish?

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    $\begingroup$ nope. Not even close $\endgroup$ Nov 25 '16 at 12:43
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    $\begingroup$ the first one is more lateral-thinking than wordplay $\endgroup$
    – lois6b
    Nov 25 '16 at 12:43
  • $\begingroup$ Nice thinking anyway. $\endgroup$ Nov 26 '16 at 10:15

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