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#11 geaaronson

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 01:46 AM

I would bind the sack with two pieces of rope in the part of the sack between the lentils and peas, and cut the sack in two. The client would get one half, you would keep the other.
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#12 KillerTruffle

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 08:28 AM

Technically, the question as worded makes no mention of NOT being able to cut open one end of the farmer's sack - only the innkeeper's. Based on how the question is asked, it is a perfectly valid answer to say the farmer just cuts open the side of the sack containing the peas, and pour them into the innkeeper's sack. The farmer can then bind his sack again later where it was cut, and continue to use it as a double-sided sack if he wishes.
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#13 Cherryblossom361

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 11:07 PM

ok, i get the solution now, but i think that putting the peas in what was the outside of the bag would be devaluing the merchandise. because you never know where that innkeeper keeps his sacks!
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#14 BoilingOil

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 01:52 AM

Sack - Back to the Logic Puzzles
A poor farmer went to a market to sell some peas and lentils, however as he had only one sack and didn't want to mix peas and lentils, he poured in the peas at first, bound the sack up and than poured in the lentils. At the market a rich innkeeper wanted to buy the peas, but he did not want the lentils.
How would you solve this problem if you had only the sack of the innkeeper, which he wants to keep (without devaluing the goods).

Edit: Pouring the goods anywhere else than in sacks (eg. on the ground, table etc.) is considered as devaluing. Trading sacks is not allowed.


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The Innkeeper's sack must be big enough to pull the part with the knot up above the peas for untying it, otherwise you would have to touch the peas with your hands, which would clearly devalue them.
If the sack were only large enough to hold either the peas OR the lentils, then this would not work at all...

So I'm afraid you'll have to do one better than this, Rookie

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#15 rookie1ja

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 09:26 AM

The Innkeeper's sack must be big enough to pull the part with the knot up above the peas for untying it, otherwise you would have to touch the peas with your hands, which would clearly devalue them.
If the sack were only large enough to hold either the peas OR the lentils, then this would not work at all...

So I'm afraid you'll have to do one better than this, Rookie

BoilingOil


and what if one sack contained a mysterious infection that devalues the other goods and what if I made it all up and there was no innkeeper and no goods
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#16 Assassinator

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 12:08 AM

wouldnt just buying a second sack save the problem... while the farmers at the market
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#17 jessi405405

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 10:48 PM

If one were a salesperson he would convice the man to purchase both.
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#18 foofoo

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 05:07 PM

Open the bag from the bottom and pour out the lentils. Then twist both ends closed holding in the peas.
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Posted 16 October 2007 - 11:33 PM

Simply tie the target sack in half, vertically, pour the lentils into one side, then the peas into the other. Then pour the lentils back into the source sack.
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#20 riddler

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 05:45 PM

What the hell is a lentil?
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