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A Pack of Prudent Pirates (Posted on 2002-08-19) Difficulty: 3 of 5
After a long season of plunder, a pirate team of five Prudent Pirates has amassed a booty of 500 golden coins. Before they part their ways, the five decide to divide the treasure.

They that they will each propose a division strategy in order of their seniority: first the oldest pirate will propose the strategy for the division of coins. All five will then vote on it, and if at least half vote "Yes", the strategy will be used to divide the coins. If the majority rejects the plan however, the oldest pirate will be killed, and the whole process will be repeated with the remaining pirates, with the second oldest proposing his strategy.

Since all the pirates are very prudent, each one will want to claim as many coins for himself without getting killed. Given this, how many coins will each of the pirates (5 - 1, with 5 being the oldest) get, and why? What strategy will the oldest pirate propose?

See The Solution Submitted by levik    
Rating: 4.3750 (16 votes)

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  Subject Author Date
reverse logicAxorion2007-11-20 03:58:40
How I'd solve itMichael Rudolph2007-05-10 17:25:20
Fascinating Puzzle, and it has problems.Tonio Loewald2005-09-09 01:16:38
re: I beg to differPopstar Dave2003-10-30 07:20:24
re: I beg to differDJ2003-05-01 09:39:52
re: I beg to differJon2003-04-30 08:37:35
Some ThoughtsI beg to differpleasance2002-12-05 06:31:17
the real solutioncrazy-kook2002-09-06 16:35:46
re(4): Applied Psychologyfriedlinguini2002-08-20 05:07:55
re(3): Applied PsychologyJim Lyon2002-08-19 17:35:43
re(2): Applied Psychologylevik2002-08-19 11:38:34
re: Applied Psychologyfriedlinguini2002-08-19 10:46:52
Some ThoughtsApplied PsychologyJim Lyon2002-08-19 10:06:13
re: dont understand..friedlinguini2002-08-19 05:36:08
dont understand..Cheradenine2002-08-19 05:27:04
SolutionSolutionfriedlinguini2002-08-19 03:45:12
Some Thoughtstry this..Cheradenine2002-08-19 03:34:42
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