Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
May 2024

Jennifer and Jose

Jennifer and Jose
Jennifer and Jose live in different sections of their town but go to the same school. Jennifer left for school ten minutes before Jose and they met in the park.
When they met, who was closer to school?
(Yes, it is possible to answer this puzzle!)

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5 guesses to Jennifer and Jose

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  • Frank

    Well, if they met and are standing together, they must both be the same distance from the school.

  • Howard

    Read the question very carefully. It does not limit you to A). Jennifer OR B). Jose. That would be a false dichotomy. The answer is C). Neither. (When they meet they are at the same place and therefore they are the same distance from the school.)

  • Crabman

    I’m betting the answer is that they are “the same distance”, but a better answer may be that they are “about the same distance”.

    To be exactly the same distance would take quite an effort. One person could have more girth, one person could be standing a tad closer to the school when they meet, one person could be standing between the schoo and the other when they meet, etc etc.

    Any “same distance” is close enough.

  • waykewljr

    Assuming that both Jennifer and Jose both left their house to go to school but Jose was 10 minutes behind Jennifer and both have to go through the park to get to school, Jennifer reach the park before Jose and waited for him. The riddle asks, “When they met, who WAS closer to school?” not “who IS closer to school”. Therefore Jennifer WAS closer to the school when they met.

    Alternatively, assuming that Jennifer lives farther away from school, she would have to leave 10 minutes earlier than Jose. Up to the point when they met, Jose WAS closer to school.

    If the riddle had asked, “When they met, who IS closer to school?” then the riddle could not be answered due to lack of information regarding the distance of Jennifer and Jose from school.

  • Frank, you are today’s winner!
    They are equidistant since they meet in the same place.