# Tea Time

If there are forty cups on the table and one cup breaks, how many tea cups are left?

### 23 guesses to Tea Time

• Duh!!

Still 40 cups only there is one that is broke it’s still a cup.

• Dude

Good guess, Cartman.

Not the answer we were looking for, however.

Keep guessing.

• chirs

The answer is ambiguous because we do not know how many “tea” cups we started with.

• Dude

Hmmmmm, good answer, but think about it again. It will come to you.

• charles johnstone

none because there are no tea cups to begin with, only cups

• Dude

Hmmm, no.

Here’s a hint: Try reading the question out loud.

• Joseph

FOUR tea cups – three will be left

• Dude

You are correct, Joseph!

If there are FOUR TEA cups on a table and one breaks, how many TEA cups are left? Three.

You are today’s winner.

• kiruba

so nice

• Shamiq

3tea cups are left

• Louis

“Forty” categorically denotes 40. “Four tea cups” therefore is not the answer. Audibly this works, lexically this is shocking. Bad form Pan, Bad form

• Dude

Don’t mess with me man, I’m a lawyer!

• Louis

Course you are sunshine. Raking the barrel of property-law are we? As far as im aware Universities still require a basic grasp of grammar and lexicon. Dont get me wrong, i love a story-teller, more power to you. Dont work too hard Mr lawyer man!

If “tea” refers to “-ty” audibly, then the remaining numbers with that sound will give the answer. As such, I believe 20 cups remain.

• None as it didn’t specify the forty cups were tea cups.

• Ah there are three because there are four tea cups and one broke:)

• Lane

there are only 3

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• the ans is 3 tea cups

because the question was not forty cups it was four tea cups

• sasha

4

• it is non because you never said there were forty TEA cups

• Andrew Courtright

3 tea cups

• Thillai rajan

Four tea cups minus one is three tea cups