A Question of Age

Last winter I was in the United Kingdom. Travelling by the train from London to Manchester, I had for company two middle-aged Englishmen who were seated opposite to me. Naturally, they did not speak to me – because we hadn’t been introduced. But I could not help overhearing their conversation.

‘How old is Tracy, I wonder?’ one asked the other. ‘Tracy!’ the other replied ‘Let me see – eighteen years ago he was three times as old as his son.’

‘But now, it appears, he is only twice as old as his son’ said the former.

I tried to guess Tracy’s age, and his son’s age. What do you think my solution was?

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Vineet Patawari

Hi, I'm Vineet Patawari. I fell in love with numbers after being scared of them for quite some time. Now, I'm here to make you feel comfortable with numbers and help you get rid of Math Phobia!

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