# 5 Tricky Math Riddles To Train Your Brain And Expand Your Mind

Maybe doing math for fun doesn’t sound like the most appealing activity, but you’d be surprised at how beneficial it could be for you.

Doing Math frequently has the power to enhance your analytical and problem-solving skills, create a foundation for systemic thinking, improve the skills required to arrive at logical conclusions, expand the mind to handle uncertainty, and become comfortable with change and the unfamiliarity, it eases the mind and increases confidence and teaches the brain to learn through trial and error which embraces makig mistakes and learning from them…the list is endless. So do your self a favor and test your brain to see how many of these tricky tests you can get right!

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## How Many Handshakes?

The correct answer is 21 handshakes.

In this riddle, the one who is trying to solve it needs to be able to read between the lines. It is given in simple words that hold the answer. Most people would think there were 42 handshakes but this would be wrong.

Here’s the right way to go about it: The first person shakes the hand of 6 others, the second person shakes the hand of 5 remaining people, the third person shakes the hand of 4 remaining people, the fourth person shakes the hand of 3 remaining people, the 5th person shakes the hand of 2 remaining people, and the sixth person shakes the hand of 1 remaining person. 6+5+4+3+2+1=21

## How Much Is The Pair?

​The trick was to not get too caught up in the numbers and to find an alternative ways of solving the problem. The key was in the vowels. Here’s how to solve it:

You need to count the vowels and multiply them by 20 cents:

Apple has two vowels which equal 20 cents. If we time that by two, we get 40 cents.

Banana has 3 vowels, so if each is multiplied by 20, we get 60 cents ( 20 x 3 = 60)

Grapefruit has four vowels, following the same logic: 20 x 4 = 80 cents

Now finally, to find how much pear costs, considering it only has 2 vowels, it would cost the same s an apple, at 20 cents.

See? It’s simpler than you think!

## How Is This Possible?

​It’s 11 am and I add 2 hours to get it to 11.

By now, you’re probably starting to notice that things aren’t exactly as they seem. This isn’t about solving complicated math problems to prove that you can count but to wire your brain to think outside of the box. The more that you can train yourself to do that in small-scale situations to practice, the more you will excel in problem-solving in large scales situations in life. This will help you with leadership problems at work, to stay calm under pressure, and could even help you in relationships by thinking clearly instead of getting caught up in the heat of the moment.

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## How Many Eggs?

Before we tell you the answer, here’s a hint! One way to solve the puzzle is to determine by how much the number of hens and the number of days have increased.

Now the answer is 2 dozen. To get this answer you need to consider that the number of hens has increased from 1.5 to 6 (4 times more) and the number of days has increased from 1.5 to 6 (also 4 times more). The effect is cumulative, therefore the number of eggs that will be layed will be 16 times more (i.e. 24 instead of 1.5).

## What Is 2+8+9 Equal To?

One + nine + eight = one

two + eight + nine = ten

Did we get you? The trick with this one had nothing to do with numbers. You simply had to think of the numbers in their alphabetical form and add up the first letter of each number, which ended up spelling out its number, creating the pattern for the answer.

Don’t worry the more of these you do, the more your brain will get used to thinking abstractly, and the easier they will become!

## What Else is Hiding In Your Brain?

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