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#1 Prof. Templeton

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 05:51 PM

This is an old puzzle that I think was first published in the early 1900’s.

An eccentric old woman, who ran a poultry farm outside of Baton Rouge, took her eggs to market one day. She always had a unique way of doing business and was a true lover of riddles. She was overheard talking with her friends about how she had dispensed the eggs. She sold half of her eggs to a customer and gave half an egg over. She then sold a third of the remaining eggs and gave a third of an egg over. To the next customer she sold a fourth of the remainder and gave a fourth of an egg over. The last customer was sold a fifth of the remaining eggs and was given an additional fifth of an egg. What was left after that she distributed evenly to thirteen of her friends.

What was the least amount of eggs that she could have taken to market?
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 06:17 PM

I forgot to mention that throughout she never broke an egg. ;)
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 06:20 PM

I forgot to mention that throughout she never broke an egg. ;)

never broke an egg at market? Or never broke an egg ever?
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#4 Prof. Templeton

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 06:45 PM

never broke an egg at market? Or never broke an egg ever?

Throughout this exercise only whole eggs were dispensed.
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#5 Cherry Lane

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 07:02 PM

Spoiler for she started with

and they were distributed
Spoiler for this way

Edited by Cherry Lane, 05 November 2008 - 07:08 PM.

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#6 AAAsn888s

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 07:10 PM

Does the last purchaser purchase
Spoiler for guess

Edited by AAAsn888s, 05 November 2008 - 07:15 PM.

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#7 Prof. Templeton

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 07:15 PM

Spoiler for she started with

and they were distributed
Spoiler for this way

Correct. Quick work as well. Good job.
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#8 AAAsn888s

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 07:16 PM

or would that be the second to last purchaser?
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 07:17 PM

oops - nevermind - we were posting at the same time...
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 10:15 PM

Spoiler for I think this is the answer

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