Mental Floss

Brain Game: Numb Numbers


It's time for another Brain Game chestnut. It's fun to bring some of the classic puzzles and riddles out of the mothballs every once in a while, I think. There's always a new generation that's never heard them. How many of you remember this one?

How can you take two from 11 and one from 7 and end up with the same thing left over?

Here is one SOLUTION.


By taking two letters from "eleven" and one letter from "seven." If you take the "EL" from "ELEVEN" and the "S" from "SEVEN," you're left with the same four letters: "EVEN."

NOTE: Several readers have also offered similarly clever (and perfectly acceptable) solutions. Read the comments to see them.