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Painting Riddle

This is one of my favourite puzzles. One seems to end up in a tangle quickly, going back and forth between generations.

See if you can solve it without a hint.

Some people find it helpful acting out the below scene & pointing to an imaginary painting. (This should be done at own risk, as people may think you are a bit of a nutter)

Harold stands before a painting and says:
“Brothers and sisters, I have none. But this man’s son is my father’s son.”

Who is the man in the painting?

Start at the end. Who is “my father’s son”?

The man in the painting is Harold’s father.

Step 1: Start at the end: “my father’s son” -> this is Harold

Step 2: “this man’s son” is [Harold]

Thus it must be his father.

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Stating the obvious here, but I enjoy riddles & puzzles. Anyone else also struggling with seemingly simple 5th grade math problems?

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