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When First the Marriage Knot was Ty'd (Posted on 2004-12-02) Difficulty: 1 of 5

This riddle comes from a book entitled "The American Tutor's Assistant", dated 1791.

When first the marriage knot was tyd
Between my wife and me,
My age was to that of my bride
As three times three to three
But now when ten and half ten years,
We man and wife have been,
Her age to mine exactly bears,
As eight is to sixteen;
Now tell, I pray, from what Ive said,
What were our ages when we wed?

See The Solution Submitted by Erik O.    
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Some Thoughts re(2): A slightly different approach Comment 24 of 24 |
(In reply to re: A slightly different approach by shocked)

I see my error. 

But, I still maintain that the algebraic equations corresponding to my methodology and their solutions thereof are entirely accurate.

According to my calculations, the respective  ages of the man and his wife after 15 years of marriage are 60 and 30, and so subtacting 15 years we would indeed obtain the respective ages of the man and his wife at the time of the wedding as 45 and 15, which is succinctly corroborated in terms of the official solution.

However, I admit that the conclusions drawn from the algebraic equation in terms of my earlier post was erroneous, and I made the mistake of subtracting 30 years form the man's age and 15 years from the wife's age. Having performed the said proceedure, the respective ages were transposed compounding the anomaly under reference.

I thank you for pointing out the foregoing lacunae, and I confim having suitably amended my earlier post.

Edited on June 28, 2007, 11:41 am
  Posted by K Sengupta on 2007-06-28 11:39:26

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