Answer to riddle?
As I was going to St Ives
I met a man with seven wives.
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits;
Kits, cats, sacks and wives -
How many were going to St Ives?


The answer I prefer is one person. This would be correct if all the people the writer met were going the other way (as seems likely if he met them en- route!). I think this provides the neatest solution!




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