Thursday, November 09, 2006


I was having trouble sleeping last night and I tossed and turned well into the night. Our local town hall has a clock which strikes on the hour and also strikes just once on the half hour. During one of my more awake moments I heard the clock strike once, but I could not tell what time it was. Half an hour later it struck once again, but I still could not tell what time it was. Finally, half an hour later it struck once again and I knew what the time was. What time was it?

Bonus points to anyone who can tell me who said this: "Time. Ask me for anything but time."


  1. it was 1 AM. you awoke right between the 11th and 12th strokes of the 12 o-clock sounding, so you only heard the last stroke. then you heard a single stroke a half-hour later, then you heard the single stroke of 1 AM another half-hour later.

    I had to look the quote up, so I won't post the answer...

  2. I vote for 1:30am: struck once at 12:30, once at 1:00 and finally once again at 1:30.

  3. I agree with Tamara on this one.

    Can't find the Quote.

  4. Is it supposed to be what time did you first wake up? Then the answer would be 12:30 because of what Tamara said.

  5. I can buy Abes explanation, but that wouldn't mean you were right about the time. As tamara explained, it could be 1:30 in the morning.

    It's 1:30 in the morning. The initial single strike was at 12:30.

  6. dang, I don't know why that didn't occur to me either. I sit corrected...

  7. Why 1:30 ? It could be any time , ain't ?
    Like it can be 2am or 3am


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