Shimer College

October 30, 2013

Solve the Hard Math Problem

Two grandmothers, with their two granddaughters;
Two husbands, with their two wives;
Two fathers, with their two daughters;
Two mothers, with their two sons;
Two maidens, with their two mothers;
Two sisters, with their two brothers;
Yet only six in all lie buried here;
All born legitimate, from incest clear.

How might this happen?

NOW CLOSED! Check back for the next problem.

Send your answers to Bev Thurber, Professor of Natural Sciences, at b.thurber@shimer.edu by November 6, 2013.

Winners will be announced on the website!

 

From 536 Curious Problems & Puzzles by Henry Ernest Dudeney, ed. Martin Gardner (p. 214), which indicates that the problem is etched in a tombstone from 1538.