7 men have 7 wives Riddle : Solution Explained


Riddles Details : 

"7 men have 7 wives. Each man and each wife has 7 children. What is the total number of people?"


Solution Explained:

This isn’t so much of a riddle, it’s actually more of a math problem, and if you sit down with a pen, paper, and calculator, you can probably work it out. But, your answer will differ depending on how you read the question, which is what makes it so Different. 

There are actually a few possible answers to this riddle depending on how you read the question, and no one can agree on which one is correct.


I have explained 3 possible solutions to this problem
One possible answer is 63, but how do you get there? let me explain now.
  • Well, if 7 men have 7 wives, that means they have one wife each so that will be 7 + 7 = 14.
  • Then, each wife has 7 children, so that will be 7 x 7 = 49.
  • Next, we add the children to the men and wives and get 49 + 14 = 63.
  • So the total number of people is 63.
But what if you got the answer 399? 
You’re not wrong, you just read the question differently. according to this reading
  • If each of the 7 men had 7 wives each, that would be 7 x 7 = 49 wives.
  • Then, we need to add on the 7 men, so that’s 49 + 7 = 56.
  • Next, we have to work out the number of children, which is 7 x 7 x 7 =343.
  • Then we add the number of men and wives to the children and get 343 + 56 = 399.
  • So the total number of people is 399.
Or did you work the answer out to be 21? That could also be correct. here is how we get to answer 21
  • If 7 men have 7 wives that simply means there are 7 coupled, so that is 7 +7 = 14.
  • Then, if each couple has a child, that’s 14 + 7 = 21.
  • So the total number of people is 21.
this problem can have other solutions as well, do share your answer in the comment section.

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