This puzzle is driving the Internet crazy! Can you solve it?

You may have seen a few of these fun little puzzles doing the rounds on social media: simple brain exercises
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You may have seen a few of these fun little puzzles doing the rounds on social media: simple brain exercises replacing numbers with fruit, effectively tricking us into enjoying the algebra we hated at school. They’re simple, but surprisingly hard to resist!

This puzzle, however, is getting a surprising amount of controversy, as it has two very different answers. Some say it’s straightforward; other say it’s a surprisingly sneaky trick. Give it a try below, and read on to find out why it’s so divisive…

fruit-puzzle

Answer(s):

This puzzle may not be quite as simple as it appears.

If you take all apples symbols to mean ten, all coconut symbols to mean four, and all banana symbols to equal two, the answer is a straightforward 16.

However, others keenly spotted that that one bunch of bananas is different to the others; if the bunches of four bananas equals four, then the bunch of three bananas should equal three.

Likewise, the coconut symbols are different: one showing two coconut halves, the other showing one.

With this logic, the answer is 14.

Did you have any trouble solving this? Which answer do you think was intentional? 

  1. Rhonda O

    Solved it – simple arithmetic …….just work out the value of each article

    • Rhonda O

      But, 2 coconuts together in one pic and 1 in another. But the equation results are different depending on the value of the coconuts and the bananas !!!

      • HS  

        If two half of the coconut =2 then half a coconut =1 so that means you have to count each banana in the bunch as 1, not as 1 bunch. The first picture of the bunch has 4 bananas the 2nd picture has 3 bananas.

  2. Anne Mitchell

    Easy, even with the annoying add that can’t be removed covering up the first part.

  3. Linda Williams

    I missed the fact that the bananas and coconut were different. Just did it the calculation too hurriedly. Lol

  4. Ann Burgess

    I see a coconut, a banana, a ? Mark an apple, -+=, sorry , can’t find sneaky! 🙃

    • Starts at 60

      Hi Ann – you’ll need to click through to the article to see the puzzle itself (and the explanation of why it’s a bit sneaky) 🙂

    • Starts at 60

      Hi Ann – you’ll need to click through to the article to see the puzzle itself (and the explanation of why it’s a bit sneaky) 🙂

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