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All in the Family (Posted on 2008-05-26) Difficulty: 1 of 5

A man was so bothered by his wife's mother and brother that he opted for divorce. He remarries another woman, only to discover that his mother-in-law and brother-in-law remain the same. Seeking relief, he divorces once again, this time resolving to stay single. Nonetheless, he has the same brother-in-law.

How is this possible?

See The Solution Submitted by FrankM    
Rating: 2.1667 (6 votes)

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re(2): Full solution | Comment 4 of 10 |
(In reply to re: Full solution by brianjn)

1) I agree that Dej Mar has already fully explained the brother-in-law

2) We also need to account for the same mother-in-law in two different marriages.  The simplest explanation is that the first two wives are sisters.

3) In which case, we can infer from the problem that the brother-in-law is also brother to the second wife, since the problem says the the brother-in-law is brother to the first wife.   Since we have already explained the brother-in-law, I agree with brianjin that this is a gratuitous (albeit available) inference.

  Posted by Steve Herman on 2008-05-27 00:17:06

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