Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
June 2024

Sounds Fishy

Benny and Jimmy are buying 10 lbs of fish @ $10/lb,  therefore the fisherman would get $100. But they want the fish cut in half because Benny wants the heads and Jimmy wants the just the body. the head section is worth only $3/lb while the body is worth $7/lb so Benny would pay 5 lbs x $3 = $15 and Jimmy would pay 5 lbs x $7 = $35 so all told, they pay $50 but where did the other $50 go?


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7 guesses to Sounds Fishy

  • G

    They are getting 10lbs of fish. 10lbs @ 3/lb = 30 and 10lbs @ 7/lb = 70 therefore 100 dollars. The other fifty would be for the other 5lbs of fish.

  • Dude

    That’s not quite it, but you’re on the right track.

    Keep trying.

  • serrano

    They did not pay for 10lbs of fish but 10lbs of fish parts. Benny paid for 5lbs of heads and Jimmy paid for 5lbs of bodies. Heads are 3$/lbs and bodies are 7$/lbs the total comes out to be 50$ this is so because you will get more heads then you would bodies so there is not 10lbs of fish but of parts so the other 50$ is not in the question

  • Dude

    No, that’s not it. Keep trying.

  • Roolstar

    There’s something fishy about the listed pricing:
    $10/lb of fish does not mean $3/lb for the head and $7/lb for the body
    In fact:
    A- $10/lb of fish => $14/lb for the body and $6/lb for the head
    (Total money for 10 lb of fish $100 = $70 +$30)
    B- $7/lb for the body and $3/lb for the head => $5/lb of fish
    (Total money for 10 lb of fish $50 = $35 + $15)

    If a fish is 1 lb and is divided in half into a head (1/2 lb) and a body (1/2 lb)

    A- If $10/lb for the fish is the price set by the fisherman:
    => the body costs $7 for 1/2 lb ($14/lb not $7/lb)
    => the head costs $3 for 1/2 lb ($6/lb not $3/lb)
    => they should pay in total $100: Benny $30 and Jimmy $70

    B- If the set pricing is $7/lb for body and $3/lb for head:
    => A 1 lb fish will actually cost $7/2 +$3/2 = $5/lb (not $10/lb)
    => they should pay in total $50: Benny $15 and Jimmy $35

  • Dude

    You are correct.

    The fisherman unwittingly gave them a 50% discount by having their prices total 10 per 2 lb when purchased as heads and bodies rather than as whole fish. The prices should have been 6/lb for heads and 14/lb for bodies.

    Great job, you’re today’s winner.

  • This fish riddle was tough, I love the title though haha. Want to check out another fish riddle I found that I think you’d like: 10 Fish In A Tank Riddle