A Riddle That Can Make Anyone Lose Sleep: Who Gets Coffee First?
Like any excellent game or puzzle, a clever riddle can sometimes outsmart even the most seasoned among us. One new conundrum is stumping folks on social media for those in need of their daily cup of Joe.
First and foremost, have a look at the artwork. There are four cups, each with a different number on them. Coffee is being poured into tubes that are suspended above the four cups. Which of the cups will be the first to receive the coffee?
Because the first two cups contain less tubing than the second two, you could believe the order is 4, 9, 7, and 5. Unfortunately, it isn’t the correct response.
This type of puzzle generally needs some creative thinking. You could assume that the solution is that all of the cups will receive coffee at the same time. That’s close, but it’s not the correct answer.
You may also suppose that there isn’t enough coffee, which means that some, if not all, of the cups will go without coffee. You’re warming up, but let’s just say you’re overthinking it. We didn’t say how much coffee was in the pot or whether we had a back-up pot for such an occasion, but presume we did.
Don’t worry, we’ll provide you with the solution… but before…
Bonus: Have another riddle!
And here’s the answer for the bonus: If the man had already put sugar in his coffee, it would still taste sweet. If the waitress really replaced the cup, the fresh coffee shouldn’t be sweet.