2
$\begingroup$

4 friends, A, B, C, and D, meet up after taking a test. Reading their results, they exclaimed,

A says, "Hah! I'm ranked 32!"

B says, "I'm ranked 63, better than you, A!"

C says, "I ranked 12, I'm the best!"

D says, "Actually, I'm the best, I scored 142."

What are A, B, C and D?

Hint:

They all took the same test, and the way they represent how they did verbally actually matters.

Hint 2:

Only D's train of thought is absolutely "correct". Nobody is being deliberately untruthful or deceitful here.

Hint 3:

D is the only person who interpreted the test score correctly. Think about what kind of test they took!

Note: I'm specifically looking for an answer in the format of:

A is a(n) ______, B is a(n)_____ .....

$\endgroup$
15
  • $\begingroup$ Might be kind of troll, but A is a friend, B is a friend, C is a friend, and D is a friend. $\endgroup$
    – CyanogenCX
    Feb 19, 2015 at 0:49
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Does D scoring 142 mean a rank of 142, or was that the actual score in the test? $\endgroup$
    – ladyofcats
    Feb 19, 2015 at 2:25
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ Is "I'm ranked" the same as "I scored" and "I ranked"? $\endgroup$
    – dmg
    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:50
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Literal answer: A is ranked $32!$, which is extremely high. B is ranked $63$, and is better than A. C is ranked $12$. D scored 142 marks, which happens to grant him a better rank ($1$-$11$) than C. Just kidding! Please clarify your question. $\endgroup$ Feb 19, 2015 at 10:03
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Why does this continue to get downvoted? $\endgroup$
    – dmg
    Feb 19, 2015 at 15:54

1 Answer 1

3
$\begingroup$

A shot in the dark:

A is an imbecile, B is a moron, C is an idiot and D is a superior.

Why?

According to the Levine and Marks 1928 IQ classification the only IQ classification that differs such low scores.

Alternatively:

A, B and C are impaired, and D is a genius according to newer classifications.

$\endgroup$
10
  • $\begingroup$ Thumbs up :) Very good shot there. $\endgroup$
    – Aify
    Feb 19, 2015 at 21:15
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @Aify Man, this is so sad :( Great question nonetheless. $\endgroup$
    – dmg
    Feb 19, 2015 at 21:16
  • 6
    $\begingroup$ FWIW, a person with an IQ of 12 would probably not be able to communicate like that. $\endgroup$ Feb 19, 2015 at 21:19
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Hearing those words like that, "A is an imbecile, B is a moron, C is an idiot" feels like you're just insulting them for being wrong about the order. :( $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Apr 8, 2015 at 19:05
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Well "historical classifications" of anything always sound kind of insulting. $\endgroup$
    – dmg
    Apr 9, 2015 at 7:34

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.