June 25, 2004
Educational Riddle

Suppose you're teaching at a boys' high school. On Monday, your students greet you by shouting: "Have you heard? X has been expelled for putting seventeen stitches in Y's face!"


  1. On what day will X actually be expelled?
  2. How many stitches were there?

The answers are in the extended entry.


  1. Wednesday, and the student may well have been allowed to 'withdraw' to avoid expulsion. I wasn't specifically told.
  2. Eleven. A 50% markup, rounded upwards, seems about right for excited adolescents.
Posted by Dr. Weevil at June 25, 2004 08:37 PM

At the boy's school I teach at, it probably would have been almost exactly the same. Our boys tend to be storytellers anyway (I should know, I am one), so there may have only been 8 or so stitches, if any.

It's good to see there isn't anything specifically wrong with our students.

Posted by: Felix on June 28, 2004 02:22 PM