Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
May 2024

Another Twin Riddle

One day Clare celebrated her birthday. Two days later her older twin sister Quinn, celebrated her birthday. How could this be?

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8 guesses to Another Twin Riddle

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  • Paul

    Quinn was born at 11:59 PM on February 28th 1995 while her twin sister was born two minutes later at 12:01 AM on March 1st. The next year, being a leap year, Quinn celebrated her 1st birthday on February 28th and two days later Clare turned one on March 1st.

    Riddle Dude – fascinating and beautiful choices on the twins’ names.

  • Roolstar

    Paul’s answer would work perfectly if The names of Quinn and Clare were switched in the original puzzle and “older” became “younger”

    Lots of reasons why 2 twin sisters would “celebrate” their birthdays 2 days apart:
    1- Different group of friends. And Clare’s friends decided to throw her a surprise party 2 days earlier (weekend or some other reason)
    2- Different bars to celebrate in
    3- Separated in 2 different foster homes
    4- REAAAALLLLLY long labor
    5- Quinn works on weekdays and postponed the celebration until saturday night
    6- Quinn is Clare’s one of 2 twin older sisters

    And all these are the relatively simple reasons compared to the other twisted scenarios I cooked up in my unstable mind.

    For the record, I believe Paul’s got it right, unless the Riddle Dude will blow us away with an ingenious answer.

  • det

    Solution for all years(Paul’s answer is not working at every 4th year):
    They were born on a ship which crossed the International Date Line at midnight.
    – Clare – Friday 23:58
    – crossing the date line
    – Quinn – Sunday 00:01

  • Roolstar

    Still, Quinn will not be the older sister in the cruise ship scenario!!

  • Wow! The brainiacs have come out to play!!!

    Great answers, I love when the creative juices are flowing here at

    Here’s how “the Dude” sees it:

    At the time she went into labor, the mother of the twins was traveling by boat.
    The older twin Quinn was born first (of course) early March 1st. The boat then crossed the international dateline and Clare (the younger twin) was born on February 28th.

    In a leap year, the younger twin (Clare) celebrates two days before her older sister Quinn.

    Another possibility is that Quinn is the twin of another sibling, not of Clare’s. She would still be referred to as her “older twin sister.” This is idea number 6 from Rool. So kudos to you, Rool, for lot’s of imagination!

    Paul had the right idea but got the girls confused as to who was older. Rool came up with several possibilities, taking advantage of the wording “celebrated.” We were, however, looking for answers that had the girls celebrating their birthdays on their actual birthdays.

    Det took advantage of the international dateline and traveling by ship which was the true meat of the answer but had the date going forward not backward. Remember, the older sister had the later birthday. This was a key clue to the riddle. Still …

    Det, you are today’s winner!
    Congratulations to everybody for using your brains!!!

  • Sunni

    Clare has a sister that is a twin…but that doesn’t mean that CLARE is a twin.

  • tali knight

    this could be because Clare wasn’t at win but her older sisters are

  • Congrats ‘Det’ I was trying to figure it out but had to scroll down to your comment for clarity haha. Can I share a riddle about sisters here? Let me know if you can figure it out: Two Sisters