# Blackbird Murder Mystery

Twice four and twenty blackbirds
sitting in the rain
I shot and killed a quarter of them
How many do remain?

### 7 guesses to Blackbird Murder Mystery

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• Jeremiah Deckard

Twice four = 8
Plus 20 = 28
Divide by four= 7
28 – 7 = 21

• Jeremiah Deckard

Or none cause the shot would scare them off

• matthew

28. They are still there even if they are dead.

• I am going to give this one to Jeremiah. You are today’s winner.
You did have the right thinking and there is even two solutions depending on your interpretation.
Since, after shooting 1/4 of the birds, the rest will fly off, the answer should be either (2*(4+20))/4=12 or ((2*4)+20)/4=7.
Your answer of 21 is how many flew off if he shot 7.
He shot either 7 or 12.

• matthew

Or 7 since the rest flew off.

• mshaw

None…they all flew away.

• Answer will be 7 as the dead will remain and the others will fly away.