The maths puzzle for kids that's stumping adults

This tricky homework assignment has left many adults scratching their heads after being posted on Facebook by The Holderness Family. Photo / Facebook
This tricky homework assignment has left many adults scratching their heads after being posted on Facebook by The Holderness Family. Photo / Facebook

Are you smarter than a six-year-old?

There's a very good chance you probably are and now can prove it to all your adult friends by answering the below maths question.

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The tricky homework assignment has left many adults scratching their heads after being posted on Facebook by The Holderness Family.

They shared the maths question with the caption: "Internet friends: solve this 1st grade math homework. #showyourwork #mybrainhurts."

It features a picture with some letters arranged in a pattern and asks children to use the key provided to find the missing letter.

The US-based family elaborated further: "This was the final page on a 7-page sheet, the previous 6 pages were a much more normal level for a first grader.

"I don't think the teacher expects everyone to get this, I think it was meant to be a problem that would challenge the children, so for that reason I think it's great that our school included it!"

Responding to comments about the point of the question, they responded: "I don't mind the challenge and the push to think in different ways. I would just like to be able to help!"

It has left many Facebook users confused:

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So what is the answer?

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The general consensus on Facebook is that the answer to the question is: J=14

User Jamie Nantz explains the solution to the complicated conundrum: " The answer is J=14. It is a complex math question that requires you to substitute the letters with numbers.

"You take the value of the S, B, and G and add them to get 40. Then you subtract the values of B and P from 40. That leaves a difference of 14, which is letter J. It all has to do with getting children to think in complex ways."

- Daily Telegraph UK

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