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 sneakyÂ trick. Give it a try below,Â and read on to find out why it’s so divisive…

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 bananaÂ symbols toÂ equal two, the answer is a straightforward 16.

However, others keenly spotted thatÂ thatÂ 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 showingÂ two coconut halves, the other showing one.

With this logic, the answer is 14.

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

1. it was actually easy

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

• 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.

3. not so hard

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

• Anne click on the actual article – you get the full picture

• Rhonda O’Keefe Thanks. Just did and now have the shingles add with no little “x”.

5. 5

6. No problem!

7. 5

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

9. Basic Algebra isn’t it? We learnt this in primary school.

10. I see a coconut, a banana, a ? Mark an apple, -+=, sorry , can’t find sneaky! ðŸ™ƒ

• 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) ðŸ™‚

• 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) ðŸ™‚

• I guessed as much Starts at 60, I was just having some fun, thank you!

11. Got it

12. 16