07 Jul '11 11:45

Two brothers inherited a certain number of sheep. They sold them and got the same amount of dollars for each sheep as there were sheep in the herd/flock. They collected the money only in 10 dollar notes plus a certain extra amount below 10 which was given to them as coins. Now they split the money among themselves by alternately taking a 10 dollar not from the pile until all were gone.

In the end the younger brother complained: "This wasn't fair, you took the first not and also the last note. So you got 10 dollars more than me."

So the elder brother gave him all of the coins.

The brother complained again, that those were less than 10 dollars, so he should still get more money.

"That's true", said the elder brother, and he signed a cheque for the remaining sum.

What was the amount on the cheque?

In the end the younger brother complained: "This wasn't fair, you took the first not and also the last note. So you got 10 dollars more than me."

So the elder brother gave him all of the coins.

The brother complained again, that those were less than 10 dollars, so he should still get more money.

"That's true", said the elder brother, and he signed a cheque for the remaining sum.

What was the amount on the cheque?