School-Safe Puzzle Games

Who is that Man?

Here’s a fun riddle I remembered from years ago (thanks to cut-the-knot.org for help with the proper wording):

A man was looking at a portrait. Someone asked him, “Whose picture are you looking at?”

He replied: “Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man’s father is my father’s son.”

Whose picture was the man looking at?

I’ll post the answer below in a day or two.

Update: please see the comments below for clue & answer.

4 Comments to “Who is that Man?”


  1. RK | Profile

    Clue: If you break the puzzle up into chunks, “this man’s father is X”, try to figure out first what X would be.


    (where X equals “my father’s son”;)


  2. RK | Profile

    Answer:


    Whose picture was the man looking at?


    That of his son.


  3. dustin shaffer | Guest

    Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man’s father is my father’s son.


    Whose picture is the man looking at?


    True, it could be a picture painted by his son, but it could also be a picture painted by his nephew.


    The man said “Brothers and sisters I have none….” but he may have ONE brother, and not brothers.


  4. Saya | Guest

    I thought at first he was looking at his picture but I forgot he said ‘this man’s father’.


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