A man who lives on the tenth floor takes the elevator down to the first floor every morning and goes to work. In the evening, when he comes back; on a rainy day, or if there are other people in the elevator, he goes to his floor directly. Otherwise, he goes to the seventh floor and walks up three flights of stairs to his apartment. Can you explain why?

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TopNewestHe is a dwarf. He can only reach button 7 and on rainy days he takes his umbrella. So he can tap 10 with his umbrella. – K K · 2 years, 11 months ago

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He's short, but on rainy days he presses the button with his umbrella. Otherwise he can't reach the 10. – Mareike W · 3 years ago

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– Anika . · 3 years ago

U r right , Mareike W, The man isn't tall enough to reach the button for 10. On a rainy day, he has an umbrella and can press the correct floor button and if people are in the elevator they can press it for him. Otherwise he can only reach the 7th floor and takes the stairs for the last three floors.Log in to reply

– Mathh Mathh · 3 years ago

Oh, so I misunderstood the problem and Mareike W understood it right - going to his floor directly means taking the elevator all the way to the top, not going there upstairs.Log in to reply

– Anika . · 3 years ago

Yes...Log in to reply

– Mathh Mathh · 3 years ago

Then please edit your problem. 'goes directly' sounds a lot like going there without using any help of a machine.Log in to reply

– Mareike W · 3 years ago

I've actually seen this riddle before...Log in to reply

– Mathh Mathh · 3 years ago

nope :/ it's said that on a rainy day he doesn't use the elevator whatsoever, and this is exactly when he has the umbrella.Log in to reply

– Mareike W · 3 years ago

Oh, I thought that "went to his floor directly" meant he took the elevator straight to his floor. My apologies!Log in to reply

This is really difficult! – Shefali Ahuja · 3 years ago

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– Anika . · 3 years ago

U should know how to solve such questions if u want to appear for SAT!!Log in to reply

can you explain why?? – Anika . · 3 years ago

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– Mathh Mathh · 3 years ago

yeah, tell us why plsLog in to reply

– Swapnil Rajawat · 3 years ago

I give up. You tell.Log in to reply