The Holiday Headscratcher Puzzle - Solution

The Puzzle:

The Holiday Headscratcher
"What day do you go back to school, Horace?" asked his grandmother one day.

"Well," Horace replied, "Nine days ago, the day before yesterday was three weeks before the second day of term."

If Horace had this conversation on a Sunday, what day of the week did he start school?

Our Solution:

The reasoning runs as follows:

Today is Sunday.

So seven days ago was Sunday too. That means that NINE days ago was Friday.

On Friday, the day before yesterday was Wednesday.

Three weeks later is Wednesday again.

That is the second day of term.

So the term began on Tuesday. Wasn't that easy?

Puzzle Author: Stephen Froggatt

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