Alice's father has six sons.

The first is named Aegon I. The second is named Aegon II. The third, fourth and fifth are named Aegon III, Aegon IV, Aegon V respectively.

What is the name of the sixth son ? (This is not a duplicate.)


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  • $\begingroup$ Rot13$[$Ohg Nyvpr vf abg n obl'f anzr; Nyvpr pnaabg or gur fvkgu fba.$]$ $\endgroup$ – Feeds Jul 10 '18 at 11:53
  • $\begingroup$ @user477343 Y'all sure about that? $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Jul 10 '18 at 14:28
  • $\begingroup$ @IanMacDonald I am very sorry for my sexist approach, but I thought the only boy version would be something like Ellis. Apologies to the guy. $\endgroup$ – Feeds Jul 10 '18 at 15:02

I think it would be

Aegon VI


Alice is the daughter and she has six brothers following the pattern 1, 2, ......5, 6.


The intended answer is presumably


but there's really insufficient information in the question.

Maybe it was translated from a language where "sons" also means "children" and so the ambiguity over whether Alice is a son or a daughter was irrelevant.

  • $\begingroup$ Maybe there's a rot13(Genaftraqre) situation going on here? $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Jul 8 '18 at 12:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Chowzen Or the father's family name is Cooper? ;-) $\endgroup$ – xhienne Jul 9 '18 at 8:48
  • $\begingroup$ or perhaps Alice is male $\endgroup$ – Clint Eastwood Jul 9 '18 at 20:26
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    $\begingroup$ @ClintEastwood, if that's addressed to me then you haven't understood my point in the second spoiler block. Or the answer in the first spoiler block, come to that. $\endgroup$ – Peter Taylor Jul 9 '18 at 21:23

I believe the sixth son's name is


Now let me explain:

First, I thought that Alice's father just numbers his sons as Aegons from "I" and so on. But if that actually was true, he would name his daughter not Alice, but Alice I. He probably numbers his Alices and Aegons from 'zero' child - thus, the missing son would be his firstborn, Aegon.

  • $\begingroup$ You are right that it would not be logical to name your first son "Aegon I" since you don't know if there will ever be an "Aegon II". But once your first Aegon is born, that would be much less logical to name your second son "Aegon I". $\endgroup$ – xhienne Jul 9 '18 at 8:43
  • $\begingroup$ @xhienne It could be the same thing as with "New Folder", "New Folder(1)", "New Folder(2)" and so on. $\endgroup$ – Thomas Blue Jul 9 '18 at 10:49
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    $\begingroup$ Well, if you start mentioning Windows as a reference for what is logical, everything might become possible ;-) OK, let's say that the father's name is William Gates, then. $\endgroup$ – xhienne Jul 9 '18 at 11:59
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    $\begingroup$ I think that "The first is named Aegon I" is likely contrary to the proposition that there was a first son named Aegon. $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Jul 9 '18 at 18:47

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