John and his wife own a car that fits a maximum of 5 people. He drives Molly to work every day. On his way, he drops his three kids off at school, and his mom at the mall.
How did everyone fit in the Car?
Hazarding a guess,
His mother's name is Molly
she works at the mall.
There is no
paradox at all; some misdirection is employed with the phrase "and his wife." Our brains automatically assume that the next name mentioned (Molly) refers to his wife. We also assume that the mother is going to the mall to shop. Neither of these things are true, and there are simply 5 people in the car.
"Perhaps Molly is the name of the car, since he drops off his mother 'on the way' to driving Molly to work." - Jay We could also assume other non-human items might be the intended answer, but I find this unlikely. Still, they would fit.
As a note,
while this puzzle is certainly entertaining, it floats at least somewhat near the closure line. Some puzzles in this genre are not suitable for this site (again, it is my opinion that this one is suitable).
Here's my ___ theory...
...in which the blank stands for "pet"...my pet theory...hahaha...heh...ehh...
Anyway, my theory is that everyone fits in the car because John, his mother, and his kids all sit in seats.
Molly is a Chihuahua or some similarly-sized pet that fits in a crate/cage/carrier in the trunk. John's workplace allows for pets.
And now for something completely different:
John works as a streetcar driver. Molly takes his bus to her place of work every day. The route he's driving goes from his house to his childrens' school and also the mall, so his children and mother can take the streetcar he drives to get there. The streetcar can carry plenty of people. His own car doesn't even enter into it :)
Since the phrase "on his way" seems to clearly indicate that
Molly isn't the same person as his mother or one of his kids, because he can't drop them off somewhere while he's still "on the way" to driving them someplace,
I have two other possible solutions:
His mother doesn't live with him. He picks her up after dropping off the kids, because both her house and the mall are along the way from the school to Molly's workplace.
One of the kids is an infant being dropped off at nursery school while he and his wife work, so they're able to ride in somebody's lap.
Here is my guess:
John, three children, and Molly get in the car= 5 people in the car. Drop the youngest at school = 4 people in the car, picks up his mom at her house = 5 people in the car. Drops Molly at work, drops his mother at the Mall, Drops the remaining children at their school.