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Maths Week: Tuesday's puzzle of the day

We’re setting you a little brainteaser each day this week to highlight a drive to improve the country’s numeracy skills.

Image: pet selfie via Shutterstock

ENGAGE THOSE BRAINS, folks: we have a teasing question for you.

Each afternoon this week, we’re setting you a (not too) tough riddle to get the cogs whirring and test your mathematical mettle.

If this prospect fills you with either a. joy, or b. dread, the mathsweek.ie site is worth a look – with events for maths fans and for those who might feel the need to brush up on their numeracy skills. The events are running from now until Sunday.

Tuesday’s puzzle:

A teacher did a little survey of the pets her pupils had.

Half the children had dogs and there were three times as many dogs as cats, three more goldfish than cats and two hamsters.

How many pets altogether?


Poll Results:

30 (1896)
25 (465)
27 (261)
52 (230)




All answers will be revealed on Friday afternoon. You’ll see what other readers are thinking when you make your choice above and the pie chart shows the most popular option. (We’re not saying that the most popular will be the right one!)

Monday’s puzzle>

These handy tips will help develop your child’s maths skills (without them knowing it)>

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