November 13th Teaser Solution


Brain Teasers: A brain teaser is a form of puzzle that requires thought to solve. It often requires thinking in unconventional ways with given constraints in mind; sometimes it also involves lateral thinking. Logic puzzles and riddles are specific types of brain teasers. Today's can be found below....

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The Teaser

A man is walking down a road with a basket of eggs. As he is walking he meets someone who buys one-half of his eggs plus one-half of an egg. He walks a little further and meets another person who buys one-half of his eggs plus one-half of an egg. After proceeding further he meets another person who buys one-half of his eggs plus one half an egg. At this point he has sold all of his eggs, and he never broke an egg. How many eggs did the man have to start with?

 

The Solution

Seven Solution; Person one buys half the eggs [3 1/2] plus 1/2 an egg, or 4 total. No eggs broken. This leaves 3 eggs. Person 2 buys half the remaining eggs [1 1/2] plus 1/2 an egg, or 2 total. Again no eggs broken. This leaves 1 egg. Person 3 comes along, and he buys half the eggs [1/2] plus 1/2 an egg, or 1 egg. No broken eggs, eggs all sold.

 

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