# A quick one- count the eggs!!

Luck
Posers and Puzzles 30 Sep '02 22:59
1. Luck
TEA PARTY MEMBER
30 Sep '02 22:59
A young boy was living on a dairy farm. In order to get some pocket
change he decided to pick up some eggs to sell to his neighbors. He
found an empty basket, which he filled with newly hatched eggs.

To the first neighbor he sold exactly half of the eggs he had and a
half of an egg.

To the second neighbor he sold exactly half of the eggs he had left
and a half of an egg.

To the third neighbor he sold exactly half of the eggs he had left and
a half of an egg.

Now he did not have any eggs left, how many did he have in the
beginning.

Luck / Harri
2. Acolyte
30 Sep '02 23:26
He started with 7 eggs. He sold 4 (=7/2 + 1/2) to the 1st neighbour, 2 (=3/2 + 1/2) to the
second and his last egg (=1/2 + 1/2) to the third neighbour.

Still, I don't know what his neighbours were doing buying 'newly hatched eggs' (does this
mean they just bought the remnants of the shell, or the chick as well?).
3. 30 Sep '02 23:29
I hope he didn't start by cutting an egg in two for his first sale! that
would have created a real omelet all through the puzzle!
4. Luck
TEA PARTY MEMBER
30 Sep '02 23:31
7 is correct, I used the wrong word, of course the eggs were not
hatched, I meant to say that they were raw. Things like this happen
when foreigners are writing English, sorry and well done....

Harri
5. Acolyte
30 Sep '02 23:40
Oh right. I was hedging my bets... I suspected it might be a trick question, like the
following:

A butcher is 6ft tall, 30 years old and cycles 5 miles to work every day. What does he weigh?
6. Luck
TEA PARTY MEMBER
30 Sep '02 23:48
It was like my games, straight forward and no tricks....LOL

Harri
7. 01 Oct '02 03:25
Meat? And sometimes poultry?

--Rein
8. Acolyte