Bells of the clock tower

Question:

The bells of the clock tower take 5 seconds to signal six o’clock with 6 loud rings. How long will it take for the bells to signal twelve o’clock noon?

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Solution: The puzzle requires an understanding that the time represents not the rings but the periods between the rings. The 5 seconds needed to signal six o’clock represent the 5 silent intermissions between rings. At noon, the 12 rings are separated by 11 silent intermissions, which need 11 seconds to be executed.

Answer: 11 seconds.

 

 

 

 

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