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This ‘You enter a bedroom’ riddle about 34 people is the latest viral challenge: Can you figure out the answer?

A room with 5 people
If you enter a room with 5 people and kill 4, how many are in the room? Pic credit: Alexander Schimmeck/

Social media is being bombarded with various riddles, quizzes, and challenges just now thanks to millions of people having oodles of time on their hands because of the coronavirus pandemic.

If you want to stave off boredom, then puzzling over a riddle is an ideal way to pass the time and exercise the old brain cells.

The latest puzzle to hit Twitter is the ‘You enter a bedroom’ riddle, and it’s causing lots of head-scratching.

It also has a bit of a grisly theme in that it seems to involve the murder of a large number of people, but don’t worry, folks, it’s just wordplay.

So how’s the riddle worded?

There are different ways to word this riddle, but two options seem to be the most common.

You enter a bedroom there are 34 people. You kill 30. How many are in the bedroom?


There are five people in a room. You walk in and kill four of them. How many people are left in the room?

However, whether it’s initially 34 or 5 in the room doesn’t really matter a whole lot to the general crux of the riddle.

This one is a bit fiendish in its trickiness and requires a bit of thought. It’s perhaps best not to blurt out the first answer that comes to mind as your correspondent initially did, and was wrong.

What’s the answer to the riddle?

In the first wording, the answer is 35, and in the second, it’s 6

How does that work you may well ask? First of all, don’t forget to count yourself. It states, “you” walk into a room.

Secondly, the number of people in the room doesn’t change with the murdering; if 30 people are killed, they are still technically in the room.

That hasn’t stopped many online answering 2 for the first wording and 5 for the second, but unfortunately, it’s incorrect. If the wording had asked for “living” people, then that would have been a very different answer.

There are still plenty of folks arguing online about the solution, and some posters of the riddle have picked the wrong answer themselves, but then riddles have always caused a hot debate.

Of course, riddles aren’t for everyone, as this online user below implies.

Fancy a go at another?

Another riddle doing the rounds a couple of weeks ago was the pregnant woman goes to the fridge riddle, which goes:

“A pregnant woman goes out of her room and into the kitchen.  She goes to the fridge door and opens a can of tuna, a soda, a yogurt, and a cookie. What did she open first?”

Can’t work it out? Find the answer right here.

Or how about this one, “As I was walking across the London Bridge, I met a man who drew his hat and drew his cane, and in this riddle, I said his name. What is it?”

Follow the link to find the answer.

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  1. First statement. You walk into a room. Second statement. There are 34 people. Since you walked into the room in statement 1, you are one of the 34 people. Third statement You kill 30. There are 34 people in the room. 30 are dead, Counting you there were 34 starting out.

  2. It says YOU enter a bedroom, So now you are in a bedroom.
    There are 34 people. Where are the 34 people? Outside in the garden (we’ll not use car park as an example)?
    You shoot 30 ( this is why I’m not using car park).
    How many are in the bedroom? Just you obviously!
    Answer is 1.

  3. Wrong, because it says you enter the room first. Which means you are one of the 34. It does not say 34 other people.
    If your going to play word games, you need to have your s**t together first.

  4. There are two right answers depending on how you read this. I disagree with one because it says “you enter a bedroom” before it says how many people are in it. It does not say “WHERE there are 34 people” or “there are 34 people THERE”. By the way, it never says the 34 people are in the bedroom.

  5. You enter a bedroom. Since you are in the bedroom, you are counting how many are there,
    otherwize, it coul be worded, you enter a room there are 60million with covid-19.

    How many are there after they are killed is a theological question. Is a dead person a person or just a body? The question doesn’t ask how many bodies there are.


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