Don’t be fooled by the four-legged table riddle. Check out our helpful guide on solving this tricky teaser.

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With the world on almost total lockdown at the moment, we’re all spending much more time at home than we’re used to.


As a result, we’ve all been left having to find ways of keeping ourselves entertained.

While many have turned to the likes of Netflix and Disney+ to keep themselves occupied, others have preferred more engaging methods by taking part in riddles, challenges or brain teasers.

One of the most recent riddles to surface online has been the four-legged table riddle but what exactly is the answer to this puzzling problem?

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At a four-legged table riddle

The four-legged table is as follows:

At a four-legged table, there is one grandma, two mothers, two daughters and a granddaughter. How many legs are under the table?

That seems like a lot of legs but just how many are there in total?


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Answer: At a four-legged table

So just how many legs are under that table?

There are 10 legs under the table in total.

How is this the case, we hear you ask? Well, let us explain.

First off, we know that there are at least four legs present courtesy of the table but the real meat of this riddle comes in how many people are sat around this four-legged table.

Upon first reading, it would appear that there are six people but in fact, there are just three – hence why there are six more legs to make a total of 10.

We have a grandmother (a mother), her daughter (both a mother and a daughter) and her granddaughter (a daughter and granddaughter) hence how we have the number of mothers and daughters sat around the table.

You could also argue that there are 22 legs under the table if the three women are sat on four-legged chairs but the riddle just states that the three women are at the table and not necessarily sat down at the table.

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