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How old?

A gentleman, in 1930, put forth this question. You may believe there isn’t enough information to come up with an answer, but if you look carefully…

A woman’s age at death was one twenty-ninth of the year of her birth. How old was she in the year 1900?

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18 Comments to “How old?”


  1. bobg | Profile

    Assuming she must have lived through 1900. She was:


    64 when she died in 1920.


    44 in 1900.


    born in 1856. (1856/29=64)


  2. Hex | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    B: year of birth
    D: year of death


    B and D are integers


    D-B=B/29


    Since the woman was alive in 1900, then B <= 1900 <= D
    B <= 1900 implies that B <= 1885 and D = 1900 implies that B >= 1856 and D >= 1920


    2 solutions fit here:
    B=1856 D= 1920 age @1900 = 44
    B=1885 D= 1950 age @1900 = 15


    Since the gentleman asked this question in 1930, then the woman must have died before that date.


    The answer is:
    B=1856 D= 1920 age @1900 = 44


    Nice riddle!


  3. engjs1960 | Profile

    If she was born in 1856 and died in 1920 at 64, her age would be 44 in 1900. The previous year divisible by 29 is 1827, but she would have died in 1890 and so not reached 1900. The next year is 1885, but she would not die until 1950 so her age at death could not be known in 1930.


    You could have set the question in the present by asking what her age was in 2000. She would have to have been born in 1943 and died in 2010 at 67.


  4. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

    The woman turned 44 years old in the year 1900.


    Year Born : 1856
    Year Died : 1920
    Age Died : 64
    Age in 1900 : 44
    1856/29 = 64


    The extra bit of information that we need involves an assumption that the woman had already died before 1930 when the question was asked, and was still alive in 1900.


    For all ages higher than 65, the woman would have been born after 1900.
    For all ages lower than 64, the woman would had died before 1900.


    Only at the age of 64 would the woman have died between 1900 and 1930.


  5. barftud | Profile

    The poor lady in question was born in 1856, died in 1920, was 64 at her death and was 44 in 1900.


    Nice puzzle.


  6. rkp | Profile

    The highest multiple of 29 to be under 1900 is 65, giving 1885, so the woman was born in 1885, was 15 years old in 1900 and died aged 65.


  7. Bobo The Bear | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    The way the puzzle is worded implies that the woman was alive in 1900, but was dead before 1930. So her year of death falls in that time interval


    Year of death = Year of birth + Age at death
    Year of death = 29×Age at death + Age at death
    Year of death = 30×Age at death


    Her year of death must be a multiple of 30, which leaves only one possibility: 1920.


    Year of death = 1920
    Age at death = 64
    Age in 1900 = 44


  8. Leoandrex | Profile

    120×9 = 1080


    1900-1080=820


    She is dead at 820 years old


  9. Falwan | Profile

    In 1900 she was 15…


    She was 64 years old when she died.


    ignoring 65 years old for not living until 1930.


  10. suineg | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    Ok I think there are mathematically two possible values:
    1) 15, she died in 1950 at 65 years old
    2) 44, she died in 1920 at 64 years old


    My hunch: The man is putting the question in past, he formulated the question in 1930 so the woman should have died before that so 44 years old is my answer.


    I am feeling that the picture could be telling something but I am too tired to figure something out.


  11. Okada | Profile

    She was 44 in 1900.


  12. turner | Profile

    The two date close to 1900 are:
    (1) 65 in 1885 => 85 in 1900
    (2) 66 in 1914 => 52 in 1900 this is the cloest to 1900


    This assumes her birth date must be an integer when divided by 29


  13. elarman | Profile

    I am going with 44 years old in 1900


  14. Madhamish | Profile

    She’d be 44 in 1900 and 74 in 1930 (the year she expired?).


  15. soumen023 | Profile

    she died in 1918 at the age of 62. So her age should be 44 in 1900. 1918 is the only year between 1900 to 1930 that should be divisible by 29.


  16. tomlaidlaw | Profile

    (year of birth)+(year of birth)/29 >1900
    it doesn’t take many tries before we come up with:
    1856+64=1920, so she was 44 in 1900.


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