Solving riddles and puzzles is excellent for exercising your brain. They’re also great for challenging your friends and finding out who’s more clever. The trick is to really think twice before giving your answer – these kinds of puzzles are designed to thwart your expectations!

This is a really tricky maths problem that I thought I had figured out, but I have to admit that I was wrong. You’ve really got to think twice to solve this equation!

Look at the equation above and try to figure out the answer.

**Done? Okay, let’s walk this through step by step.**

3 applies equals 30.

10 + 10 + 10 = 30

Apple = 10!

Now we know that **1 apple equals 10**.

10 + 4 + 4 = 18

So that means that **banana = 4**.

4 – 2 = 2

Coconut = 2

So, what’s the answer?

“Piece of cake,” I thought to myself.

**10 + 4 + 2 = 16**

So 16 is the answer, right?!

**THAT’S INCORRECT!**

If you look closely you can see that the last bunch of bananas only has 3 bananas instead of 4. That changes everything!

**10 + 3 + 2 = 15**

That’s got to be it, right?!

Nope, still incorrect!

If you look even closer, you’ll notice that the last row only has 1 coconut instead of 2.

**So the answer is… 14!**

**10 + 3 + 1 = 14**

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