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The Man in the Picture

A man is looking at a picture of a man on the wall and states, “Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man’s father is my father’s son.”

Who is the man in the picture in relation to the man looking at the picture?

The man in the picture is his son. Since he doesn’t have any brothers or sisters, the statement my father’s son is himself. A shortened version would be this man’s father is myself, so he is the father of the man in the picture.

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54 Comments on "The Man in the Picture"

Tyler says
August 14, 2015 @ 11:53


marvelous!! says
August 16, 2015 @ 19:36

The answer to it is “”my son””……
according to d speaker,he had no siblings.
Pointing To his picture,
he said”but dis man’s father
(referring to me or which is myself)
is my father’s son” referring to himself…..therefore the speaker is “my Son”.

jah says
September 1, 2015 @ 06:41


Dan says
September 1, 2015 @ 10:54

“Brothers and sisters I have none”

Kyle says
September 26, 2015 @ 09:24

I know the answer says his son but that makes no sense….why would he refer to himself as my father …his fathers son minus another brother would be himself

Kyle says
September 26, 2015 @ 09:26

Ah never mind

jo says
September 27, 2015 @ 23:16

its is his son, put it this way,
” he is the son of my fathers son”

Tay says
November 1, 2015 @ 19:03

It’s himself
-No siblings
That mans father (HIMSELFs father)
Is my fathers son (HIS FATHER) SON which would be him

Thanks I’m right ?

Jacub says
November 7, 2015 @ 00:04

The man in the picture is his son,
It can also be himself as well its weird. But replace the man in the picture with a girl (which is how I always heard the riddle), then ask who is the girl in the picture to the man looking at the picture.

Brothers and sisters I have none but that girl’s father is my father’s son.

Dragon Bane says
December 18, 2015 @ 21:08

The man looking at the picture is certainly the man in the picture’s father, unless you believe the evangelical version, which should have a comma, colon, or even a semi-colon after “Brothers and Sisters”.
I think I first remember hearing it as:
“I am looking at a picture of a man. This man’s father is my father’s son.” Who is the man in the picture.
The answer to that one is either the riddler’s son, or his nephew, as ambiguated by the lack of mention of siblings.

Dave says
January 29, 2016 @ 07:07

He lookin in mirror

mary says
February 8, 2016 @ 22:42


mary says
February 8, 2016 @ 22:50

That Man’ is my father’s son.┬áIf I have no brothers and sisters then my father’s son can only be me.

Lance says
March 2, 2016 @ 18:59

How about his clone!

Sweet Stylin says
March 31, 2016 @ 13:01

it’s his son, right?

Nebulous says
April 4, 2016 @ 08:53

The question’s wording contains too much noise. Solving this sort of problem requires identifying the signal within the noise. Like a talented stage magician, the many unnecessary words, uncommon sentence structures, and even the rhyming serve as misdirection from the answer.

If I restate the question using short sentences and only the necessary data, look how easy the answer comes:
1. If I don’t have any brothers, who is my father’s son?
2. Given the above, what man could claim my father’s son (me) as his father?

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