The two answers to the puzzle are 40 and 96.

How, you ask? Well...

For the first solution, you begin with 1 + 4 to get 5

Then, you add 2 + 5 to the first answer of 5 to reach 12

Similarly, adding 3 + 6 to 12 gives 21

In the end, 8 + 11 + 21 = 40

The quick answer, therefore, is 40, arrived at by simply adding each equation with the sum from the previous equation.

The second answer is a little more complicated

One way to arrive at the answer of 5 in the first equation is to add 1 to (4 x 1)

Following that rule, other equations will be solved like this:

2 + (2 x 5) = 12

3 + (3 x 6) = 21

8 + (8 x 11) = 96

As is only to be expected, the puzzle has received some hate on the Internet too. However, many have pointed out that both the answers are correct since it is not a math puzzle but a logic puzzle.

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