17 May '08 20:461 edit

When I sell my apples in the market I am very much into symmetry. I always put them in piles of the same amount in order to show them nicely.

So today I put them in 3 piles of the same number of apples in each pile. But I got one apple left.

I tried 5 piles, but the same happened, one apple too many to be able to divide them evenly.

I tried 7 piles, and 9 piles, with the same result, one apple over.

But when I divided them into 11 piles, I got it right. All of the 11 piles had the same number of apples in them. No apple too many.

How many apples did I bring to the market?

So today I put them in 3 piles of the same number of apples in each pile. But I got one apple left.

I tried 5 piles, but the same happened, one apple too many to be able to divide them evenly.

I tried 7 piles, and 9 piles, with the same result, one apple over.

But when I divided them into 11 piles, I got it right. All of the 11 piles had the same number of apples in them. No apple too many.

How many apples did I bring to the market?