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 Expose ambiguity (Posted on 2016-01-13)
cow, hen, pig, sheep

Justify each of the above as a valid answer for "Odd man out" question.

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I know we have had this discussion before, and that some people disagree,  but in "Odd man out" questions,  I think the "odd man out" should fail to have some affirmative attribute that is shared by the other three.

So, for instance,

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A hen is not a mammal (like the other 3)
A hen does not have 4 legs (like the other 3)

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A hen is the only one with wings.
A cow is the only one with letters in alphabetical order.
A Sheep is the only one that is last in the list.
A pig is the only one that is a pig.

Yes, I know that the three of the 4 are non-winged.
And three of the 4 are not in alphabetical order.
And three of the 4 are not in last place.
And three of the 4 are not pigs.
But none of those are affirmative attributes.  They are all negations of an attribute.

So, 3 of Charlie's 5 justifications do not meet my admittedly exacting and nitpicky standard.  MathMan's meets my test, because sheep is the only one that is not 3 letters.

Glad I got that off my chest!  (Again).

 Posted by Steve Herman on 2016-01-13 17:41:41

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