# When is Cheryl’s birthday? How a Singapore maths problem stumped the Internet

## A maths problem that first appeared in a test for Singapore's elite high school students has baffled Internet users around the world after it went viral.

The Maths problem that has gone viral. (Source: Facebook )

A maths problem that first appeared in a test for Singapore’s elite high school students has baffled Internet users around the world after it went viral, prompting a rush of attempts to solve it.

The question, involving a girl asking two boys to guess her birthday after giving them scant clues, first appeared in an April 8 test organised by the Singapore and Asian School Math Olympiads (SOSMA).

It was meant for 15- and 16-year-old elite secondary school students, but swiftly went global after a local television news presenter posted it on his Facebook page Saturday.

In the question, Cheryl gives her new friends Albert and Bernard 10 possible dates when they enquired about her birthday, before separately giving each of them further clues.

Test-takers are then asked to use logic to deduce Cheryl’s birthday using a short conversation between the two boys about the information given to them.

By yesterday Internet users around the world were posting meticulously detailed answers to the puzzle on social media networks such as Facebook and Reddit, only to prompt a slew of comments disputing their findings and methodology.

“Cheryl obviously didn’t want Albert and Bernard at her party. Should have taken the hint when Cheryl decided to play this little game,” wrote David Leong on Facebook.

The “mind-boggling” problem also made the mainstream media, with leading websites including the Guardian newspaper and Buzzfeed publishing articles about the puzzle.

The post also clarified earlier reports that the question was posed to primary schoolchildren, saying SOSMA thought it important to specify the age of the students involved so “Singapore parents will not start to worry so much”.

The question was “actually from the secondary 3 and secondary 4 SASMO contests held on April 8, 2015”, it said, adding it was “meant to sift out the better students”.

Singapore is renowned worldwide for its national maths system, which has been emulated by schools in other developed countries and cities, including New York.

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AkshatJ
Apr 15, 2015 at 9:18 pm
If this is not a mathematical problem, then let's put much effort to it. Let's think over it as a child. In the first dialogue Albert says '..Bernard does not know too.' Lets take this too as two(2). This can be the second line of the possibilitues. So the month can be June. Now in the second line Bernard says, 'At first I did not know.. ' First can be the first outcome in the second line, i.e. June 17. So answer can be June 17.
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ankur
Apr 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm
july 16
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dinesh kuniyal
Apr 15, 2015 at 3:53 pm
17 June
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