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#1 brhan

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Posted 03 February 2008 - 07:00 PM

A man was being accused of having stolen jewelery and trying to run away with them, when he was caught by a policeman who overtook him. In cross examination the lawyer for the accused asked the police officer how he could catch up the accused who was already twenty seven steps ahead of him, when he started to run after him.

Officer: "Yes sir, he takes eight steps to every five of mine."
Lawyer: "How did you ever catch him then, if that was the case?"
Officer: "I have got a longer stride -- two steps of mine are equal to his five. So the number of steps I required were fewer than his."

And the lawyer was satisfied by the explanation.

Now, can you find out how many steps the officer needed to catch up with the thief?
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Posted 03 February 2008 - 09:48 PM

Spoiler for The answer (I think)

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#3 Santosh

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 06:33 AM

Policeman took 30 steps.
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Posted 04 February 2008 - 07:58 AM

30 steps
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#5 bonanova

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 08:09 AM

OP does not say whose steps [officer's or thief's] measured the 27-step lead.
It's reasonable to assume it was the thief's.
If so,
Spoiler for Assuming the 27-step lead means 27 of the thief's steps ...

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