If this is two

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If this is two
Type: riddle
Number of players: two or more
Location: everywhere
Equipment: none
Duration: as long as it takes to solve
Preparation: none

If this is two ... is a prominent riddle. The solution is quite easy, but can you find it just by listening to examples of correct answers?


You don't need any equipment for this riddle.


The trainer - or somebody else who knows the correct solution - ask several questions:

  • He raises his right hand, and presents any number of fingers (zero to five). [let's call this number A]
  • Additionally, he claims: "if this is [any number], ..." [this number is B]
  • Then, he shows another number of fingers [number C]
  • And says "... then this is [number D]".

Usually, he for all four numbers, values between zero and five are valid (unless you got more fingers :-) )

All the participants have to guess, what the correct number D is (depending on A, B, and C). So, usually, after a few initial rounds, the trainer does not tell the number D, but instead asks "what would then be that?".


  • The game is used in the computer adventure Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge.


If you are to lazy to find the solution by yourself, you can find it here: if this is two/solution