"Good morning, officer," said Mr. McGuire. "Can you tell me what time it is'?"

"I can do that exactly," replied Agent Clancy, who was known as the mathematical cop.

"Add a quarter of the time between midnight and now at half the time between now and midnight and you will know the exact time."

**Can you calculate the exact time this intriguing conversation occurred?**

#### Solution

The conversation occurred at 9:36 since a quarter of the time since midnight would be 2 hours and 24 minutes, which added to half the time until midnight (7 hours and 12 minutes) gives us 9:36.

If it wasn't for the fact that McGuire pointed out that the conversation took place in the morning, it could be assumed that it was in the afternoon and 7:12 p.m. It could also be a correct answer.