# Riddles are not for the average mind, but our ancestors clicked them like nuts!

You sit in front of a computer, having access to all the knowledge of the world, stomping into the kitchen for food warmed by invisible microwaves, and in your pocket is a mobile device more powerful than computers at the time of the first man sending into space. And you think: βHere people were previously Neanderthals! No electricity, no internet ... Well, stupid! β.

But try to guess riddles, which at the beginning of our era, our "wild" ancestors clicked like nuts, for fun! Can you, without getting into the answers, with your mind, guess to a cunning answer, which is on the surface only for a very sharp mind, and for everyone else - is inaccessible. Dare to test yourself?

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At the fair, a merchant of three horses was selling and an expensive embroidered saddle for 55 coins. But no one needed three horses at once, and even a saddle, and the merchant's people began to ask him how much of his goods. The merchant turned out to be strange, and instead of normally naming the price, he became the potential buyer of the riddle to make a guess:

The first horse, saddled with an embroidered rich saddle, cost as much as the two remaining horses were worth together.

The second saddled horse was priced equal to the first and third bareback.

The third horse under the saddle would have cost the buyer the same amount as the first with the second horse bareback.

So how much did it cost?

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**Answer:**according to the problem statement, the merchant sold the saddle for 55 coins, and since the horses stand the same, and two horses are equal to the price of one horse and the saddle, it turns out that the merchant had all the goods in the same way - all for 55 coins.

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A certain sultan has heard many times amazing stories about the wisdom of two elders in his domain, but he himself was very smart. And he decided to test whether these old men are wise, as they are said to be, or lie. I called them to my place, found out that the first name was Ali-ibn-Vali, and the second one - Vali-ibn-Ali, after which he told them his plan:

- I want to test your wisdom, and I will give you such a task that you can answer only if you really are such wise men as they talk about you. I made two numbers, each of which is greater than 1 and less than 100. To you, Ali, I will say the result of multiplying these numbers, and you, Vali - their sum.And you will have to understand what kind of numbers I made.

Then he whispered in the ear of each of the wise men and looked at them expectantly.

βI do not know these numbers,β Ali said, hanging his head.

- I knew it! - answered Vali.

βAh, well, then I also know what those numbers are!β - cheered Ali.

βThen I already know,β Vali blurted out.

And after each of the wise men told the sultan what kind of numbers he had in mind. How did they do it and what were those numbers?

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**Answer:**these are 4 and 4. The wise men told each other the result of multiplying and adding by the number of letters in their first answer: multiplication - 16, addition - 8, after which it was easy to figure out that these could be only fours.