Two mothers and two daughters were in a multi car accident. They were all pronounced dead at the scene. All the bodies have been moved to the local mortuary. There are only three coffins. No one is sharing a coffin and none are left out. How is it possible?

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    $\begingroup$ xkcd.com/169 $\endgroup$
    – xnor
    Nov 20, 2014 at 0:53
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    $\begingroup$ Very low quality $\endgroup$
    – skv
    Nov 20, 2014 at 1:04
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    $\begingroup$ Here is the bigger puzzle... which of the mothers was herself not somebody's daughter? $\endgroup$
    – Michael
    Nov 20, 2014 at 2:32
  • $\begingroup$ @Michael - the motherF***er who did it. :) i dont know if this is the real answer. i never seen this part of the question. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Nov 20, 2014 at 2:44
  • $\begingroup$ @xnor - PEBCAK $\endgroup$
    – David
    Nov 20, 2014 at 2:53

2 Answers 2


Two mothers and two daughters but in

three different generations.

One of them is

both a mother and a daughter.

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    $\begingroup$ can you use spoiler tags $\endgroup$
    – David
    Nov 19, 2014 at 23:05
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    $\begingroup$ let's give this guy a Reversal while we're at it... $\endgroup$
    – Mou某
    Nov 20, 2014 at 8:08

There are:

4 people in total.
Three of them wished to be buried in a coffin upon death, but one of them wanted to be cremated upon death. Cremated remains are not placed in a coffin.

"None are left out" of the local mortuary.

  • $\begingroup$ I assumed "...and none are left out" meant that all the bodies were in coffins. $\endgroup$
    – Set Big O
    Nov 20, 2014 at 0:31
  • $\begingroup$ Answers that are entirely spoilers are frowned upon. $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Nov 20, 2014 at 1:41
  • $\begingroup$ @Geobits Never assume with a puzzle. Could mean "none are left out" of the mortuary. $\endgroup$ Nov 20, 2014 at 1:48

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