# family ties

genius
Posers and Puzzles 20 Apr '05 10:32
1. genius
Wayward Soul
20 Apr '05 10:321 edit
i was at a party, and the host showed me a picture of a young man, and said "this is the only son of the only brother of the only aunt of my fathers only neice"

who is the picture of?
2. jimmyb270
Top Gun
20 Apr '05 11:17
Originally posted by genius
i was at a party, and the host showed me a picture of a young man, and said "this is the only son of the only brother of the only aunt of my fathers only neice"

who is the picture of?
His father.
3. malinga
That would be me
20 Apr '05 11:20
I'm tempted to say picture is himself (partygoer not host) but I think it's partygoer's 1st cousin instead.

Host's father's only niece would have host's fathers wife as only aunt.
So hosts fathers wife has a only brother who has a son. hang on. he can't have son without some female presence which would be another aunt so picture is impossible...

4. AThousandYoung
20 Apr '05 18:321 edit
Originally posted by malinga
I'm tempted to say picture is himself (partygoer not host) but I think it's partygoer's 1st cousin instead.

Host's father's only niece would have host's fathers wife as only aunt.
So hosts fathers wife has a only brother who has ...[text shortened]... esence which would be another aunt so picture is impossible...

It's himself.

The father has one and only one niece. That doesn't give much information.

However, the niece only has one aunt. This aunt could be the father's only sister, or the father may have no sister, and it's the niece's mother's only sister.

This aunt has only one brother. That brother is either the father or the niece's mother's only brother.

The only son of the brother is either the person showing the picture, or the niece's maternal cousin.

The puzzle is only interesting if it's the person showing the picture, so that's who it is.

Oh right, the wife of the husband would be an aunt (thanks malinga) - this puzzle isn't well constructed I think. What if the mother of the host didn't marry the father? Then she's not the niece's aunt right?
5. TheMaster37
Kupikupopo!
20 Apr '05 20:43
Only neices only aunt = sister of father (=host)

Only brother of only neices only aunt = only brother of sister of father = father (=host)

So on the picture is the only son of the host.
6. genius
Wayward Soul
21 Apr '05 10:23
it was in a pub quiz i did the other day - i thought it was the hosts cousin, but apparently it's the host...i'm still confused as to why...
7. 28 Apr '05 23:45
Originally posted by genius
i was at a party, and the host showed me a picture of a young man, and said "this is the only son of the only brother of the only aunt of my fathers only neice"

who is the picture of?
the father!