Although lockdown is now easing somewhat, there are still plenty of people looking for ways to keep themselves entertained at home.

Whether you are still feeling cautious, are vulnerable or live with someone vulnerable, or maybe if you’re just enjoying the downtime at home, there are plenty of reasons one could remain in lockdown-mode.

As we’re now over three months in, we’ve all established some kind of house-bound routine. You could have got into exercising, baking, knitting, or maybe you’ve finally got around to that ‘big to-do list’ you’ve avoided for years.

But one thing we’ve seen had a rise in popularity throughout lockdown is riddles. They’ve been all over social media and it’s pretty hard to go for a scroll without coming across some type of wordy or ‘mathsy’ riddle.

The latest one sweeping up the nation’s attention is the classic, ‘You entered a room of 69 people’ riddle. Find out how to attain the answer here!

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Riddle: You entered a room of 69 people

The riddle reads as such:

You enter a room of 69 people. A shooter enters the room and kills 60 people. How many people are left in the room?

It might seem tricky at first, but there’s a very simple way of working out the real answer!

Answer: You entered a room of 69 people

The answer is:

  • 71

Given the vague wording of the riddle, it is not exactly clear that the answer is 71, but we will walk you through how to reach it…

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Answer explained

Upon the first read, many got the answers 9, 10 and 11.

This is how you reach the answer 71:

You enter a room of 69 people (69 + 1 = 70)

A shooter enters the room and kills 60 people (70 + 1 = 71)

How many people are left in the room? (71, as no one has been removed from the room, dead or alive).

For more, here’s another riddle to try.