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# Bake it

### #2

Posted 27 February 2014 - 04:50 AM

quick question for clarification. Will the host participate in this too or is there only four participants?

**Edited by BMAD, 27 February 2014 - 04:51 AM.**

### #3

Posted 27 February 2014 - 10:40 AM

Are we looking for a way that the four friends get a fair sized piece of the cake?

Or, are we looking for a way to divide the cake exactly into fifths?

To clarify what I mean, for two people to get a fair division of a piece of cake,

the first one cuts it into two pieces; the second person chooses which piece to take.

We don't get an exact 1/2 division necessarily, but it is a fair division.

The OP seems clear that it's fairness we're looking for, so my question is probably not necessary.

It's an interesting puzzle.

*The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.*

- Bertrand Russell

### #4

Posted 27 February 2014 - 03:17 PM

This is a variation on the problem of 2 people trying to split something. [where A cuts and B chooses which half].

One solution that solves this problem, but can be used for any practical value of N people

### #5

Posted 27 February 2014 - 05:10 PM

### #6

Posted 27 February 2014 - 09:19 PM

This is a variation on the problem of 2 people trying to split something. [where A cuts and B chooses which half].

One solution that solves this problem, but can be used for any practical value of N people

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*The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.*

- Bertrand Russell

### #7

Posted 27 February 2014 - 10:47 PM

This is a variation on the problem of 2 people trying to split something. [where A cuts and B chooses which half].

One solution that solves this problem, but can be used for any practical value of N people

Spoiler for

Not sure that this is what TSLF is aiming at. I think he means "How do you divide a round cake equally into 5ths using 4 cuts". But I've been known to be wrong before...

Edit... or more specifically, how do you ensure that each of 5 people gets an equal amount.

**Edited by fabpig, 27 February 2014 - 10:50 PM.**

You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious, nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave. Sydney Smith.

### #8

Posted 01 March 2014 - 07:50 PM

The host expect the plates to have a piece of cake with similar weight, size, shape and flavor (for fairness).

### #9

Posted 02 March 2014 - 05:26 PM

### #10

Posted 02 March 2014 - 09:54 PM

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