Teapots Puzzle

If teapot A holds 32 ounces of tea, about how many ounces of tea will teapot B hold?



Teapot B will hold about 16 ounces of tea or half that of teapot A.

The amount of tea that can be kept within each pot is determined by the height of the spout opening. The tea level cannot rise above the spout opening since any extra tea would merely spill out from the spout. A simple visual estimate would conclude that the spout of teapot B is approximately half the height of that of teapot A, therefore providing only half of the capacity, or 16 ounces.

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