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If you're the only one in common, it could be 12. So the answer is between 9 and 12 (since it isn't 8).

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Altogether you are 13. 6+5+Mom+Pop = 13. Or wasn't that really the question ?

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The answer could be any of these: Mom + Pop + 2 ex + 4 grandparents + 5 children. Mom + Pop + 2 ex + 4 grandparents + 3 children + 1 in-law + 1 grandchild. Mom + Pop + 2 ex + 4 grandparents + 2 children + 2 in-laws + 1 grandchild

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Ok, ok I get the idea. Not counting Grandparents, parents, ex's, etc. Pop was married prior - She died. Mom was married to MY father - He died. (this clue should be a dead giveaway - no pun intended.) Mom and Pop (obviously) got together. Aaaaand then... Mom had five Pop had six How many total children

That I know of there is only one possible answer. Maybe the combonitronics / set theory experts out there know of more? But I doubt it.

Mom has Five Pop has Six I dunno, this reminds me of the famous "Determine the height of a building with a barometer" problem where possible answers would include tossing the barometer off the roof and timing the difference in when you *see* the impact and when you *hear* it. I can think of a few ways for this to have happened: 1) Mom (Alice) marries Ben and has five children. Ben dies. Pop (Charlie) marries Diana and has six with her. Diana runs away with Cirque Soleil. Mom (Alice) and Pop (Charlie) get married at the old folks home. Mom has five. Pop has six. There are thirteen. 2) Mom and Pop have five kids together. Pop secretly has an affair with Emily. They have a child. Mom has five. Pop has six. There are eight (unless you count Emily). 3) Mom and Dad are cocaine addicts. They find 55 bucks in a dead guy's pocket. They buy 11 rocks with it at five bucks a piece. Mom smokes five and Pop smokes six (I mean, there wasn't much to go on here). There are two (too wired to have children, thank you). [ October 24, 2003: Message edited by: Tim Allen ]

It still seems to me that there were four possible alternatives. If all we know is, that Mom had at least one child (you, that is)prior to her marriage to Pop, and that she had five altogether, and Pop had six altogether, you could have any of these situations: - Mom previous marriage: 4, Pop previous marriage: 5, Mom and Pop together: 1. Grand total: 10 - Mom previous marriage: 3, Pop previous marriage: 4, Mom and Pop together: 2. Grand total: 9 - Mom previous marriage: 2, Pop previous marriage: 3, Mom and Pop together: 3. Grand total: 8 - Mom previous marriage: 1, Pop previous marriage: 2, Mom and Pop together: 4. Grand total: 7 Am I missing something? [ October 24, 2003: Message edited by: Rosie Vogel ]