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Posers and Puzzles

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    18 Jun '08 16:03
    A farmer with three sons has died, and in his will he states how the his 19 cows should be divided between the three sons.

    The eldest son should receive 1/2 of my cows
    The second son should receive 1/4 of my cows
    The third son should reveive 1/5 of my cows

    How are the cows divided, according to his will? Cows must remain whole at all times, they may not be split or shared.
  2. Standard membersven1000
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    18 Jun '08 19:18
    He borrows a cow from the neighbor's farm, giving him 20.

    Eldest son gets 1/2 = 10
    Second son gets 1/4 = 5
    Youngest gets 1/5 = 4

    They return the borrowed cow, and everyone is satisfied.
  3. Joined
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    18 Jun '08 19:33
    Originally posted by sven1000
    He borrows a cow from the neighbor's farm
    How can he borrow a cow when he is already dead?
  4. Standard memberPBE6
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    18 Jun '08 19:33
    I've seen this one before. The answer is cute, but it doesn't really solve anything.
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    18 Jun '08 20:31
    its because 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/5 is not a full but just 19/20.
  6. Standard memberTheMaster37
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    19 Jun '08 06:242 edits
    Originally posted by sven1000
    He borrows a cow from the neighbor's farm, giving him 20.

    Eldest son gets 1/2 = 10
    Second son gets 1/4 = 5
    Youngest gets 1/5 = 4

    They return the borrowed cow, and everyone is satisfied.
    EDIT: Silly me.
  7. Standard memberPalynka
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    19 Jun '08 10:19
    Originally posted by Dejection
    A farmer with three sons has died, and in his will he states how the his 19 cows should be divided between the three sons.

    The eldest son should receive 1/2 of my cows
    The second son should receive 1/4 of my cows
    The third son should reveive 1/5 of my cows

    How are the cows divided, according to his will? Cows must remain whole at all times, they may not be split or shared.
    One of the cows is pregnant?
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