Determine what number should be placed instead of the question mark.

Today our editorial team offers you to stretch your brain cells to solve a little puzzle. Below is an easy riddle designed for children. Interestingly, schoolchildren find the number hidden under the question mark in just a minute. But how much time will an adult need to solve it?

Easy puzzle

Today’s easy puzzle only seems difficult. However, finding the key to it is quite simple. True, it will require not only attentiveness but also quick wits. But first of all, let’s take a close look at the puzzle itself and note the important details.

We have several equations, each involving different items. So, you’ve probably already noticed roosters, eggs, and bananas. It seems like there’s no logic in the puzzle. Alas, jumping to conclusions is clearly not advisable. You can represent all the equations in a different way.

Let’s replace our visual items with letters of the Latin alphabet. Admit it, it’s these kinds of puzzles that we most often encountered during our school days, isn’t it?
x + x + x = 60

x + y + y = 26

y + z + z = 15

x + y * z = ?

The answer depends on one detail.

Now that the puzzle has a simpler form, the task is to find the value of the number under the question mark. Spoiler: don’t forget about the image of the puzzle. It’s important to note that the most observant internet users have already noticed one interesting detail in the picture. But were you able to see it?

So, if x + x + x = 60, then x = 60 ÷ 3 = 20. Then 20 + y + y = 26, where y = (26 — 20) ÷ 2 = 3. Next, 3 + z + z = 15, so z = (15 — 3) ÷ 2 = 6. Now we need to take another look at our puzzle. You see, the value of bananas is not as constant as that of roosters and eggs. There are 6 of them only in the third equation. If we’re talking about the fourth, then their quantity is 4. Take a closer look and see for yourself.

In that case, x + y * z = 20 + 3 * 4 = 20 + 12 = 32. As you can see, this puzzle was indeed simple. By the way, were you able to notice such an interesting detail with the bananas on your own? Be sure to write about it in the comments.

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