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Brain Game: Nasta Lucas


Today's Brain Game Think Thursday challenge is appropriately holiday-themed. Good luck:

In your head, add up all the gifts presented in the FINAL VERSE (the 12th day) of the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas." What's the total? Here is the ANSWER.

THE ANSWER: The total is 78, unless you've counted the partridge and pear tree as separate gifts, in which case it's 79.

12 Drummers Drumming, 11 Pipers Piping, 10 Lords-a-Leaping, 9 Ladies Dancing, 8 Maids-a-Milking, 7 Swans-a-Swimming, 6 Geese-a-Laying, 5 Golden Rings, 4 Colly [Calling] Birds, 3 French Hens, 2 Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

Thanks for playing, and happy holidays!