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Bonus Unsolved Riddle

Big Family

Originally published on January 23, 2010

I was looking through our family photo album with a friend recently. I pointed to a photo and said “brothers and sisters I have none, but that man’s father is my father’s son.”

My friend (being no fool) immediately said “it’s your son, that’s an old one.”

”Then how about the fella in this picture,” I said. “He’s the only son of the only brother of the only aunt of my father’s only niece.”

My friend thought for a while then said “it’s you, and it was taken a good few years ago by the look of it.”

“All right then smarty, see this lady,” I said pointing to another picture, “she is the only niece of the father of the only cousin of the uncle of the only grandson of the brother of my cousin’s mother.”

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15 guesses to Bonus Unsolved Riddle


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  • Roolstar

    Your sister?

  • karma6x3

    I may have got lost in the words. but is it his friends sister?

  • Dude

    No, try again.

  • Dude

    No, that’s not it. Keep trying.

  • Aaron

    His aunt.

  • Dude

    Nope, please keep trying.

  • Ben Tennen

    If I was the one who pointed to the picture, then that lady is my wife.

    “she is the only niece of the father of the only cousin of the uncle of the only grandson of the brother of my cousin’s mother.”
    Work right-to-left…

    My cousin's mother->My aunt
    Brother of my aunt->My father. My aunt only has 1 brother (riddle #2)
    Only grandson of my father->My son. I have no siblings (riddle #1)
    Uncle of my son->My wife's brother. I have no brothers (riddle #1)
    Only cousin of my wife's brother->My wife's only cousin
    Father of my wife's only cousin->My wife's uncle
    Only niece of my wife's uncle->My wife

  • Dude

    Wife is not correct.

    Please keep trying.

  • Dude

    No, that’s not it. Keep trying please.

  • Brett

    She would be a first cousin.

  • Thumper

    My cousin first removed (second cousin).

  • Dude

    Brett, you are correct. She is your cousin.

    Working backwards:

    Your cousin’s mother is your aunt.

    “she is the only niece of the father of the only cousin of the uncle of the only grandson of the brother of my aunt”

    Your aunt only has one brother (from earlier in the question) and it is your father.

    “she is the only niece of the father of the only cousin of the uncle of the only grandson of my father”

    The only grandson of your father must be your son (since we know you have one).

    “she is the only niece of the father of the only cousin of the uncle of my son”

    The uncle of your son is your cousin.

    “she is the only niece of the father of the only cousin of my cousin”

    If your cousin only has one cousin, it must be you!

    “she is the only niece of my father”

    Your father’s niece is your cousin.

    “she is my cousin.”

    You are today’s winner.