23 MINUTES TO 4 O’CLOCK IS WHAT TIME RIDDLE ANSWER
The Answer to the 23 Minutes to 4 o’clock Is What Time Riddle
The 23-minutes-to-4 riddle starts out by asking what time it is. When asked, the following cryptic statement is given as an answer: It’s 23 minutes to 4. Although the wording of this riddle may seem confusing, there’s actually a fairly simple answer to it if you think about it long enough. This post explains how you can determine what time it is based on the information given in the riddle and how you can solve this riddle once and for all if you’re ever stuck trying to figure out the solution on your own.
What are the clues?
In order to solve what time is it, we need two pieces of information: A. The distance between two points. And B. How long it takes something to travel that distance. When you’re dealing with minutes and seconds, we use a system of coordinates. To give you an example, here’s how one would convert from hours-minutes-seconds (h:mm:ss) into days-hours-minutes-seconds (ddd:hh:mm). If I wanted you to know what time 45 minutes was in days, I’d say it was 3 days 21 hours 16 minutes and 52 seconds away from now.
Why it may not be obvious
What’s so tricky about that riddle is that it can be interpreted in a number of different ways. The issue, however, is that many people interpret it as 23 minutes after 3:00. That interpretation works for much of America, where we don’t start counting from midnight at 1:00 am and instead begin our day at 12 pm (noon). But most other parts of the world, including most European countries and even China, do count from midnight—so 23 minutes after 3:00 actually translates to 3:23 pm.
At 4 o’clock, it’s actually 23 minutes after 3. So on a 24-hour clock, subtract 2 hours from your answer. If you were given an 11 o’clock deadline and thought that meant 11:11 am, you’d be off by two hours (and would have to move your appointment back by two hours). If you were given a 9:30 p.m.
Did you get it right?
If you got it right, congrats. If not, don’t worry too much about it. There are a lot of riddles out there and it’s fun and interesting to try them all out. One thing that you can take away from trying a new riddle is learning how your mind works. After each one, I will provide some reflections on my thinking process when I solved it, or didn’t solve it as well as some advice for next time. Take what you want from them but always remember that every good riddler has lots of practice under their belt! So keep practicing at these riddles and be sure to share your attempts with friends or family members so they can see if they get them right too!