# Coin Riddle

smw6869
Posers and Puzzles 12 Jun '07 21:39
1. smw6869
Granny
12 Jun '07 21:39
I have two coins in my pocket. They total 30 cents. One is not a quarter. What is the other?
2. joe shmo
Strange Egg
12 Jun '07 21:50
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3. smw6869
Granny
12 Jun '07 22:38
Originally posted by joe shmo
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Well, yes....a quarter.
4. 13 Jun '07 15:331 edit
You asked this in completely the wrong way. The whole point of this riddle is that when you say "One of them is not a quarter" the listener takes this to mean that neither of them is a quarter. However by following this with "What is the other coin" you immediately undo this line of thought and the listener realises that when you said "One of them is not a quarter" you were talking about exactly one of the coins, making the solution completely trivial.

You should say "One of them is not a quarter - what are the coins?" (put the emphasis on "not" ) and then when the listener gives in you say "A quarter and a 5c, I said one of them wasn't a quarter, but the other one is - hah! fooled you" (this time the emphasis is on the first "one" ).
5. 13 Jun '07 15:47
You could also have a 10c and a 20c coin to make it. US cents might not come in those denominations, but European ones do.
6. smw6869
Granny
13 Jun '07 16:33