I enter the garden. There are 34 people in the backyard. You kill 30.

Riddle: If you get this, you are a critical thinker. I enter the garden. There are 34 people in the backyard. You kill 30. How many people are in the garden?

Nowadays, this riddle so populer at social media. It’s not very easy. Let’s look the answer step by step.


Firstly, backyard and garden are same location. The answer is simple if we think about backyard and garden are same location.

Secondly, if you kill 30 people in the garden other 4 people escape from garden.

Finally, 30 people killed, 4 people escape from backyard. Only killer was there.  So, the correct answer is 1 person in the garden.

If you have any solution please write as commend.

94 Replies to “I enter the garden. There are 34 people in the backyard. You kill 30.”

      1. My thought too. Just because they are dead, doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Also, why is it assumed that four escape? Maybe I just wanted to kill those 30. Or I killed those 30 and the other four are still hiding in the garden.

      1. I totally agree. This riddle can be perceived in many different ways and the logic behind those many different ways wouldn’t be wrong.

      1. This is so ridiculous. Nobody ever said four escaped. The presumption is 30 are killed, and the others are still standing there. There is no way to figure this stupid thing out with the information given.

        1. It is just logical to leave the garden for any human being. Critical thinker notices that. The only logical argument here is why do dead bodies not counted. Are dead people not people?

          1. maybe there was no way out of the garden, except where the killer stood, and he locked the door behind him? and he didnt want to kill all of them. LOL

          2. No, it isn’t logical that they fled the area. What if I’m blocking the entrance. What if they are poisoned and the others have no idea why everyone is dropping like flies. They’d probably wait around for ambulance or help to arrive in that scenario. A critical thinker would automatically consider all of that.

          3. Not if it’s an enclosed space with high walls and a gate.
            The riddle is too ambiguous with too many variables. It’s trying to be ‘I was walking to St. Ives’ without any clear logical path.
            How do we know 30 were killed while four escaped? The witness who went in (who makes #35 btw) wouldn’t have stayed to count if anyone else got out. If the count happened after the fact then why would the killer still be there?

          4. Maybe the 4 who didn’t get killedvwere hiding and waiting to see are the killer out Not enough information to assume they ran.

    1. The reality is, they don’t. Since there are 34 people in the garden and it said I walked in before there were 34 people, I could assume that there are 33 people other than me. By that logic, if I killed thirty people, the other three could escape, leaving me. However, even though I know the “correct” answer, I’ll leave at it at the notion that dead people are still people (the definition of a person being “a human being regarded as an individual”). So, really, there are 30 dead people and me (alive). This would leave 31 people. However, this riddle does not state the other people escape or not, so I could assume that the answer could be multiple “answers” (31, 32, 33, and 34, from most escaped to least escaped). If I wanted to answer the question as intended without pointing out all the other possibilities, it would be one as I am the only living person there. This is assuming all the other people escaped. However, if I went with the assumption that there are actually 35 people in the garden including myself, then this would increase all possibilities by one person, excluding the possibility where I am the only one still in the garden. This actually could be any amount of possibilities, as the kills are not specifically stated as in the garden, so the bodies could or could not be in the garden. So, the range of people inside the garden could range from 1 (if I killed nobody inside the garden) to 30 (depending on if I used the first possibility or the second possibility regarding the number of people, which could ultimately be myself as well). The number of people killed theoretically could be 29 other than myself, as it does not state I kill myself or not. So, there really is no answer to this riddle, as it could be any of those possibilities.

        1. The answer is zero if you’re really answering the question as it is asked. If the answer is one person left in the garden well that’s just a person, they asked how many people..people is more than one. So the answer is zero there are no people in the garden?

        2. actually it only states–one person entered the garden–there is no information given about how many might already be there.
          The answer to this riddle, for a critical thinker, is that the number is not currently quantifiable with the data provided.

          1. Yessssss!!!! I love this reply!!
            First thing I didn’t like about the original answer/explanation by the author is that went are you assuming the garden and back yard are the same place?? If that were the case why are they being called two different things… Secondly I have a problem with the statement “you kill 30”.. it doesn’t state where those people were…(assuming that garden and back yard are NOT the same) so many unanswered questions that make it impossible to answer the question without summer kind of loop hole

      1. I absolutely love this answer because I thought the exact same. Well the first part, I didn’t even get to thinking about the the 35 answer before I read your comment.

      2. are the dead people removed from the garden? i imagine if they’ve been killed they haven’t gone anywhere and are still in the garden!

      3. The one who created and answered the same person is so dumb
        How can you predict about future
        Fool the dead people is still their

      4. Excellent interpretation! Friend asked me this and I drew the 35 conclusion simply based on the information he gave. I don’t necessarily agree it’s logical thinking as all the variables are not known.

      5. Plus it says “I” enter the garden and “you” kill 30 people. Who is the I!? I assume the you is me, so is that adding another person? This is a stupid riddle. Dead or not. They are still people. It does not say how many living people.

      6. I like your thinking , but … The thing no one has noticed is that “I” entered the garden but “you” killed 30 people. Does that not mean there are at least 2 people still alive in the garden/backyard? “I” would have to still be alive and well as “you”.

      7. I walk into the garden first; then it says there are 34 people in the garden so I am included in that total.
        You kill 30 people.
        That leaves 30 dead people plus you.
        So, 31 people remain in the garden and the other 3 run for the hills. If the survivors do not run away then the number stays at 34 (30 dead and 4 alive).

        Too vague to determine the specifics or the “what if’s”

  1. You know that you are in the garden. But you don’t know who else is in the garden. Therefore, you can’t answer the question.

  2. From info given the only certainty is “I enter the garden”
    so one person in the garden
    None of the other statements reference the garden or time or cause and effect and none of them have anything to do witrh the garden unless you are free to make things up

  3. The way I did it was I enter the garden: so one person in the garden, it did not specify that the 34 people and you were in the garden only that you killed 30

  4. There is a lot of assuming going on here. It’s 1, so we assume the 4 survivors fled and the killer remained. Why not 4 and we assume the four survivors fought off the killer until he fled? Why not 0 and we assume the survivors escaped and the killer fled to not get caught? Why not 23 because the police and CSI showed up?

  5. the riddle is flawed by a lot of people on social media as they dont mention the back yard, only the garden. And it doesnt state where the people are , it makes no sense at all. And the same amount of people are still all there, just not alive.

  6. Probabilities:
    1. If the answer is Zero (it means nobody is there in the garden left.) Theories, “I enter the garden”, it did not state if you entered where there are 34 people yet or after them. The 30 dead that you have killed, it did not mention if it is a person and where it occured. So, the crimes cannot be justified. And for the remaining 4 people, they have fled in the scene (they are safe). And you did hide to escape your crime. Why would you stay in the garden anyways?

    2. The answer is, there are alot of answer (there’s a trick to fail people.)
    Actually, there might be 1 person left in the garden. THE REAL KILLER (you kill 30) The 30 people are long dead, and the remaining 4 including yourself fled.

  7. The information is incomplete it doesn’t specify whether or not the other people had to be alive and the other 4 people could have been wounded and not able to escape

  8. Let’s break this down.

    First statement: “You enter the garden.”

    If you say, “You enter the garden”, then you are in the garden. It does not state where the other people are. They could be outside on a patio next to the garden.

    Second statement: “There are 34 people.”

    If you say, “there are 34 people”, does that mean there are NOW 34 people or there are 34 people and you which is 35.

    Third statement: “You kill 30 people.”

    If you say 30 people are killed, that means there are live people and corpuses. Did the live people remain or escape from being killed?

    Finally the question, “How many people are left in the garden?”

    So, when you ask how many “people” are left, do you mean to include the dead bodies? We do not generally consider dead bodies people. We consider them a thing that was once a person, but now is not. You may want the answer as a certain number of people, but the reality is there are 30 dead bodies (things) and possibly 4 to 5 live people depending on if there were 33 and you or 34 before you entered the garden. Additionally, we do not know about the other people that were not killed. Did they escape from being killed? Did they remain? Were the people other than you in the garden to begin with?

    Remember the first statement. It only says “you enter the garden”. So, the answer is — 1. You are in the garden. This is the only statement which identified who is in the garden.

    And that, my friends, is “critical thinking”.

    1. BZZZZZ wrong
      The riddle does not say “you enter the garden” it says I enter the garden. It then says “there are 34 people” who knows where but you cannot assume they are in the garden. It then says “you kill 30”. You assume that is 30 of the 34 but again there is now evidence that they are in the garden. the “I” and “you” are different people. It is not valid to jump from 1st person to 3rd person.
      So therefore the only person that we know for sure is in the garded is the “I enter the Garden”. The other 34 people plus “you” are irrelavent to the riddle. The only person that was ever in the garden was the “I enter the garden”

      1. Exactly!!!!
        Riddle: If you get this, you are a critical thinker.

        ‘’I’’ enter the garden. There are 34 people in the backyard. ‘’YOU ‘’ kill 30. How many people are in the garden?

    2. Ms. Kerri you are correct! 1 person, “I”, remain in the garden… a fact we learn in the 1st sentence. Who the hell knows where the other (dead or alive) are? Actually, I know where the dead bodies are located, but I ain’t tellin!!!

    3. But it’s not ‘you enter the garden’. It’s ‘I enter the garden’. You and I are distinct people. The person who enters the garden is not the same as the killer, You could have killed I and the narrative’s chronology wouldn’t break down. There’s also nothing to say You is in the garden. In fact if You let 4 people survive, it could well be because You didn’t know 4 had lived. The problem is that riddles should have one single answer that is more credible than any other possibility. To say that one is the answer is no more credible than to say the 4 non killed ones are in the garden – or 34 as we don’t know enough and the parameters are too vague. We can’t even guarantee I or You are still in the garden – I might be, but there’s nothing to say You didn’t kill I. It’s a bad riddle.

  9. Critical thinking goes like this
    “I enter the Garden” = 1 person in the garden.
    “There are 34 People” not stated where but not in the garden – still 1 person in the garden.
    “You shoot 30 people” – the “you” is not the same pereson as the “I” as in “Ienter the garden”. Totally irrelavent to the question.
    The only confirmed number of people is 1 from “I enter the garden” the rest is totally irrelavent.

  10. This is too stupid. Nowhere does it give you the information that some ran away. The presumption is they are still standing there waiting to be killed or in shock. Next, why aren’t dead bodies still counted as people? It doesn’t say the dead bodies were removed. The whole thing is ridiculous.

  11. Right answer is 1. But But But….the question says that “I” entered the garden and ends with “How many are in the garden?” , so the answer is simple! Only i was in the garden. Therefore answer is 1.
    (This question doesn’t states the location of 34 people and the killer!)

  12. 3 Statements, 1 Question
    – I enter the garden.
    – There are 34 people in the backyard.
    – You kill 30.
    – How many people are in the garden?

    The writer’s assertion that the garden and backyard are the same is incorrect. This “riddle” has been written a few different ways in the past, but always the first statement “location” is either different or not mentioned in the second statement. But the “location” from statement 1 is used in the final question. This is the crux of the so called “riddle”.

    There is 1 person in the garden. Statements 2 and 3 are irrelevant.

    – I enter the playground.
    – There are 5 cakes on the table.
    – You eat 3.
    – How many people are in the playground?

  13. You assume that the Garden and Backyard are the same things. What if I don’t. My back yard looks nothing like a garden – trust me on that.

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