This is not just math, but a very good test for linguistic reasoning. If you are serious about this test and think that you’ve a sharp [at least average] brain then read the statement (only) below –summarize it –find the conclusion and then answer that whether summary of the statement is Yes or No.
[And if you’re not serious about the test …then read the whole post to know what the stupid author was trying to tell you. 🙂 ] STATEMENT: If the question you answered before you answered the question you answered after you answered the question you answered before you answered this one, was harder than the question you answered after you answered the question you answered before you answered this one, was the question you answered before you answered this one harder than this one? YES or NO?
 

Answer:

The answer is YES.

In other words, we could restate the statement as:

If the question you answered before this one was harder than THIS ONE, was the question you answered before this one harder than THIS ONE.

That makes the answer obvious. 

Updated: July 16th, 2015

Gaurav Tiwari

A designer by profession, a mathematician by education but a Blogger by hobby. Loves reading and writing. Just that.

This Post Has 23 Comments

  1. Well… No! The question I answered before this one was never harder than this one (per se), because I hadn’t asked myself this question before I answered the previous one. In hindsight, now that I’ve answered the question I answered before this one, its answer appears to have been easier than the answer to this question – although it’s possible that I gave the wrong answer to the question I answered before this one, in which case it must have been harder than I think this question is.

  2. Oh! Hold on a second…
    It’s a YES or KNOW? question, but I intimated a NO!
    I should clarify that when I say NO I mean not YES but KNOW?, and that when I say KNOW? I mean “KNOW?”

    [Sorry! That is NO, not Know. –Gaurav]

    1. I’m sorry.. That’s a typo. I updated the post. Thank you and sorry. Looks like this question is holding a lot of confusions. 🙂

      I wrote it NO but when editing the post unfortunately it changed into KNOW.

  3. hey gaurav u’ve got any GOOD lateral thinking problems ??? if u do have then pls. post them on ur blog or email them to me …… and awesome job with the blog

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