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# The Mathematical Milkman

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 11:53 PM

The school children were returning to their homes when they met the mathematical milkman, who propounds the following problem:

In one of the two cans there is milk which is so rich with cream that it becomes absolutely necessary to dilute it with a little water to make it wholesome.

Therefore, in the other can there is some pure spring water, now I proceed to pour spring water from can No. 1 into can No. 2 sufficient to double its contents, and then repour from No. 2 into No.1 enough of the mixture to double the contents.

Then to equalize matters, I again pour from No. 1 into No. 2 to double the contents of No. 2 and find the same number of gallons of milk in each can, although there is one more gallon of water in can No. 2 than there is milk, so I want you to tell me how much more water than milk is there in can No. 1?

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### #2 dark_magician_92

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 05:30 AM   Best Answer

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### #3 bonanova

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 05:44 PM

dm92 has the correct number. (just the wrong units.)

Spoiler for nice puzzle

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