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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Can you solve this math problem?


Do I have a treat for you today! Can you solve this fun math problem above? Give your answer by commenting below. I'll tell you if you're correct or not.

Hint: You'll have to pay close attention. The math works out. It'll make sense once you figure it out, so don't give up too soon if you don't get it right the first time. Good luck!

I want you to give it the good old college try, but after you tried and if you want to know the answer, email me at cuong@cuong.com and I'll explain it to you. 

Solving problems isn't the most difficult part. In the real world, identifying the problem itself is the hardest part. Once you figure out exactly what to solve, the rest is relatively easy. The quiz above incorporates all that. If more parents and teachers foster creativity and open-mindedness, only then can our society take a huge leap forward, not only in technological advancements but also in social ones as well.

UPDATE! I want to recognize those who got the answer correct so far:

Nick Engelen (you're #1!)
Tony (dictionary has your photo under persistence)
Jessie Nguyen (you're so smart, Con!)
Maaz
Miss Koopman
Kelsea
Eric Johnson (extra credit for being so tenacious!)
Shreyas
Emma from Australia
Hoa Le Nguyen (you're extra special to me, Hoa!)
Fady El Khoury 
Mormor 
Ranjeet 
Nabin Devkota (you made it because you didn't give up!)
BystanderM
Umesh 
Gifted_12 (yes you are!)
Andrea
Joker (where's Batman?)
Bob
EXPLEMBUOIU0LUe (kudos for not giving up!)
Dra
Neo (your persistence paid off!)
Mon :) (irie, mon)
Atraiu Pradhan (thanks for reaching out, Atraiu!)
Priceless
Rayun
Sreemoyee Gupta 
Hannah (yes, it's you, the only Hannah!)
Shubham Singh
Sky
Aiden (well done, Aiden!)
Priyam
Yahoo! Christine
Toyotaku86
Rorschach (you didn't give up!)
Yoink (you didn't give in!)
Richo (you neither gave up nor gave in!)
Arcogx
Coyote
Nhung Hong Nguyen (you're so smart, Nhung!)
Kavitha Latha
Junechen
Mary Joy Apepe (you were determined to get it right and so you did!)
Anupama Davuluri (you kept trying and you got it!)
Marilyn Sarita
Miss Tawau Lorghhh (you made it!)
Lyn Isabel
MK
Shashwat Bajpai
Bhoomi
Shyaam Ganesh
Judith F
CGT
Celal Malkoç (thanks for showing your work!)
Anupama Davuluri (I'm glad you didn't give up!)
Ugg
Sailaja Konety
Killz 
J. Anilkumar 
NesaLE
Zacurnia Tate
Isabella Stevens (you gave the most comprehensive answer I ever saw!)
RickyR
Ano
Dalpat Jain
Yegon Philemon (I'm so proud of you for not giving up!)
Zarah 
Syam
Shailesh Gawas (you kept on going and you made it!)
Siele Philemon
Eindra lwin (you followed through! Good job!)
GayJay2k 
Steef (I'm glad you tried one more time and you got it!)
MossJr 
Mar (Hooray! You didn't give up and so you made it!)
Esper
Dimpufrn

Congratulations! I'll continually update this list once more individuals solve the problem correctly. If you know the answer, simply comment below, and you'll be recognized as well. Also, if you want to be included in the list, be sure to answer with a name because I can't give you credit anonymously. πŸ’›

433 comments:

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    1. No but good try. Don't give up, try again!

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  2. I keep getting 133... 4+15= 19 X 7= 133

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    1. Eric, oh sorry but the answer is incorrect. Keep trying! Cuong

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    2. I think it 15×7 +4=109 MDAS is the rule

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    1. No but you get an A for persistence! Keep trying!

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    1. No. You might want to do it on paper to make sure.

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    1. Sorry, Anonymous. Good try, please try again! Cuong

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    1. Nice try, Anonymous, but nope. Keep trying! Cuong

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    1. Hi Anonymous, good try but that's incorrect. Don't give up and try again!

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    1. That's a good guess but no cigar. Keep on trying to figure it out!

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  9. 60, unless there is some other hidden feature.

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    1. Hi Tony! That's incorrect but not bad. Keep trying to figure it out! Cuong

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    1. Oh that's a good guess. Want to try again?

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    1. Hi Anonymous, no but good try. Keep going!

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  12. Ok, I think I see my error. 143.

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    1. Hi Tony! I give you an A for tenacity! It looks like you still have another error or so you might have missed. I think you're almost there.

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    2. @Tony I received your last response and YOU ARE CORRECT!! I'm so glad you didn't give up! Yea! Since it has the correct answer, I won't publish it here. Congratulations! Feel free share this page with your family and friends! Cuong

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  13. @Tony I received your last response and YOU ARE CORRECT!! I'm so glad you didn't give up! Yea! Since it has the correct answer, I won't publish it here. Congratulations! Feel free share this page with your family and friends! Cuong

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    1. Yeah, I finally stopped trying to do it mentally and wrote some stuff down. πŸ˜€

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    1. Hi Peter! No but that's a good try. Try again! Cuong

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    1. Hi there Siciliano! That's not the correct answer but try again.

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  16. @Jessie Nguyen - Your answer is CORRECT! You are so smart but that's not surprising! I'm so proud of you, con. With much love, ba πŸ’›

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  17. Maaz, I received your comment and you are CORRECT! Congratulations! I won't publish your correct answer so others can figure it out themselves. Well done. πŸ‘ Cuong

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  18. Miss Koopman, you are correct! Well done! πŸ‘

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    1. Hi Shanthi! Not quite but I'm happy you see you being tenacious! Keep it up!

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    1. No but I'm glad you're being tenacious. Keep trying.

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    1. Hi Jacob, that's a negative but don't give up. Keep at it.

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  22. Kelsea, you got it! πŸ‘ Congratulations!

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  23. Eric Johnson, I am so glad you didn't give up because you got the answer correct! You got extra credit for your tenacity. πŸ‘

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  24. @Unknown, who gave his or her answer at 2:51AM EST, is CORRECT! If you can state your name I'll give you credit on the post above.

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    1. Hi Hannah, no that's not correct but keep trying! Cuong

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    1. No 59 isn't correct but keep trying, ok? Cuong

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    1. Good morning Richard! Unfortunately 77 isn't right but you're all right with me. Keep trying and don't give up! Cuong

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    1. No 60 isn't correct, but keep trying Unknown!

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  29. Hiya
    Richard again, with glasses on
    210

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    1. Richard, not quite, but you get high marks for being persistent! Don't give up now. Cuong

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  30. It is
    109 we have to apply rules of math...it is simple

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    1. Hi Shahzada, yes we do. Math can be fun! Keep going to find the right answer.

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    1. 32 isn't the correct answer but you're on your way to the correct answer. So don't give up!

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    1. Thanks for showing your work. It's incorrect but I know you'll get to the right answer soon!

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    1. No 109 isn't the answer. Keep trying, because you can do it!

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    1. No 56 isn't the right answer. But you're all right so keep going! Cuong

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    1. Hi there D.Retif! 38 isn't the answer but you can will get there. Keep going! Cuong

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    1. No 109 isn't correct. But keep plugging away. You'll figure it out.

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    1. Nope, but make it Known you won't give up, ok? Cuong

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    1. Good morning etlinvill, no but keep going! Cuong

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    1. Hi Shahzada! Not 109 isn't correct. Look closer at the question. Keep going!

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    1. Hey Tristan, no 56 isn't right but keep trying to get it right. Cuong

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    1. Hello Christine! 98 isn't correct but please try again. You'll get it! Cuong

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    1. Hi BystanderM! Sorry that's incorrect but thanks for trying. Try again, ok?

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    1. I'm sorry Unknown, that's not correct but please keep trying to figure it out!

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    1. Hi Unknown, 70 isn't the right answer but don't give up. Try again. You can do it! If you want to be part of the list, be sure to answer with a name next time. Cuong

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  45. Fady El Khoury, you got it CORRECT! Congratulations!

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  46. Mormor, you got it RIGHT! Your name has been enshrined! Well done!

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  47. Ranjeet, you did it! Congratulations! Your name was added onto the list! Super job! Cuong

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  48. Nabin Devkota, you got the answer! Congratulations! I received your question, and I'll send you an email later on how the question can be approached. Cuong

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  49. BystanderM, what can I say but CONGRATULATIONS! You got it right this time! I'm so happy you didn't give up and stuck through the problem to find its solution. Well done!

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    1. 26 is incorrect but a good try. Can you try again?

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    1. Richo, sorry 59 isn't correct but I like how you show your work! Try again! You will get it!

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    1. Hi Anonymous, no 112 isn't right, but keep trying, ok?

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    1. Great first guess. Look closer and you'll get it!

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    1. That's a bold answer and I like it so much. It's not correct but you keep on trying, OK? Again I love your answer nonetheless! Cuong

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    1. Hi Mary, no 26 isn't the right answer but keep plugging away! Cuong

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    1. Good guess but not correct. If you don't give up, you'll get the right answer! Good luck!

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    1. Ejmarei, that's incorrect but I do like how you showed your work. Keep focused and you'll get it. Good job so far!

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  58. I'm so proud that four more individuals made the List for getting the answer right. You are all right! You didn't give up so you made it through. Congratulations!!

    Umesh
    Gifted_12
    Andrea
    Joker

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  59. I just forgot that Bob made it, too! How could I ever forgot Bob?

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    1. 23 isn't the answer but you are indeed a big deal. Keep going!

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    1. Hannah, I'm so happy you are so tenacious and persistent! 109 isn't correct but is a great guess. Can you give me another number? Cuong

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  62. It is 22.
    It stumped me for a bit, until I payed close attention to the images

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    1. No but I think you're on to something there! You'll get the answer for sure. Pay attention to the details. It's life itself.

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  63. EXPLEMBUOIU0LUe didn't give up. Because he/she didn't give up he/she got the answer CORRECT! Your name is now enshrined. Put that next to your future Nobel Prize! Super job for being so persistent. Well done! I'm proud of you! Cuong

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    1. Sorry 59 is incorrect but keep on plugging away at the answer. You're on to something.

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    1. Sorry 133 isn't right but you'll get to the correct answer if you don't give up. Keep trying!

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    1. Sorry but try again, OK? I think you're on to something with that answer! Cuong

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  67. Congratulations to Dra for getting the answer right! Well done! Now your name will be enshrined at Cuong.com. You can put that down on your resume next to your Nobel Prize! 😊

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    1. Hi, I'm sorry but try again. You can do it!

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    1. Hi Neo! Even though 126 isn't right, you'll figure out this matrix for sure if you keep trying. Can you give me another number?

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    1. Hello Yoink! That's not the correct answer but I really like your answer regardless. Stay bold, and keep figuring out the problem!

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    1. That's a negative but continue trying, OK?

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  72. Neo, I'm so glad you didn't give up because your last response to me you got CORRECT! You made the list! Congratulations! Cuong

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    1. Hi NesaLE! Thank you for commenting. Even though 34 isn't the right answer, can you please try again. You're on to something! Cuong

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    1. Sorry 32 isn't correct but please do try again. πŸ‘

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  75. Mon :), your comment was CORRECT! Well done! Your name is now listed among the few and proud! Irie, mon. 😊

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    1. Hello Naomiiiii, that's a great first guess but try again! Pay attention to the details of the question and you'll see the path to the solution clearer. Cuong

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    1. Hi RS! Although 75 isn't right, be sure to keep on figuring the problem out. You can do it! Cuong

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    1. No but it's a great first answer. Look closer and you'll see the path. Cuong

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  79. 105 is the correct answer

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