What's the answer for this question:

You have 6 burning candles, and blow out two of them. How many candles are left standing after 24 hours? How do you know?

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    $\begingroup$ Depends on what kind of candles, whether they stand at all, whether it's raining, and what other random things you were thinking of when posting this $\endgroup$
    – Lolgast
    Dec 6 '17 at 22:13
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    $\begingroup$ Look like a "trick joke" to me, like : "A plane with 425 passengers and 10 crew members crashed on the border between USA and Canada. 300 dead. Where are the survivors buried?". No need to assume anything, you burn 6 candles, blow out 2, 2 are standing after 24 hours because 4 melted. (this kind of joke is more effective orally) $\endgroup$
    – Saeïdryl
    Dec 7 '17 at 8:45


If weather is clear, the candles are of normal size and all in standing position

then answer is:

2 as others will burn out

  • $\begingroup$ It is asking for the number of candles standing $\endgroup$ Dec 7 '17 at 3:52

I am going to assume conditions are perfect, and that the wax on the candles lasts more than twenty-four hours.

The question asks for the number of candles standing, so:

All six will be standing, but two will be blown out (but the amount blown out is beside the point).

  • $\begingroup$ I think you misunderstood it or do you think I? the candles are burning in start and blow out means stop burning and its asking about 24 hrs not 2 hours $\endgroup$
    – Preet
    Dec 7 '17 at 4:45
  • $\begingroup$ @Preet I've edited the answer to 24 hours. I think that I have the correct answer because the question as stated says "standing", and you could blow out all six candles and all six would still be standing. $\endgroup$ Dec 7 '17 at 4:47

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