God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll (archmage) wrote,
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll

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Wow...a complete stumper. Lots of answers, some close to being right, but none on the money.
Mr. Greenwich arrived at a quarter to two. The watch belonging to the person he asked was 5 minutes fast (so five minutes ahead of reality), but the owner thought that time was ten minutes behind and so quoted it as 10 minutes more than it said, meaning that the time he was quoted was a net 15 minutes ahead of the real time; hence, he showed up 15 minutes early at 1:45.

Mrs. Greenwich arrived at 25 after two. The watch belonging to the person she asked was ten minutes slow (ten minutes behind reality), but the owner thought it was 15 minutes fast, and thus quoted it as 15 minutes less than it said, meaning that the quoted time was 25 minutes behind reality; hence she showed 25 minutes late at 2:25.
Tricky, tricky. Well, see if this is more your style...
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