Canaries in the Cage

I am the owner of a pet store. If I put in one canary per cage, I have one bird too many. If I put in two canaries per cage, I have one cage too many. How many cages and canaries do I have?

Four canaries and three cages.

If you put one canary in each cage, you have an extra bird without a cage. However, if you put two canaries in each cage then you have two canaries in the first cage, two canaries in the second cage and an extra cage.

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3 Comments on "Canaries in the Cage"

Scot says
July 8, 2015 @ 19:39

4 canaries and 3 cages

Riddle Mistress says
May 10, 2018 @ 16:47

Seriously, can’t it be 2 birds and 3 cages, or 7 birds and 8 cages, or 1 billion birds and 1 billion and 1 cages???

Riddle Mistress says
May 10, 2018 @ 16:48

Oh never mind…

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