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 The prisoners and the beans (Posted on 2005-11-27)
Five prisoners are going to take beans from a bag with 100 beans. They will do it one prisoner at a time, and only once each. No communication is allowed between them, but they can count the beans left in the bag. All prisoners who end with the largest and the smallest number of beans will die.

Who is most likely to survive?

Assume:
1. they are all smart people.
2. they will try to survive first and then try to kill more people.
3. they do not need to take out all the 100 beans.

 See The Solution Submitted by pcbouhid Rating: 3.8000 (15 votes)

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 re: trick question? | Comment 21 of 38 |
(In reply to trick question? by Dean)

If each one take 1 bean, they´ll finish with the same "smallest" or the same "greatest" number of beans (it´s the same). So they all die.
 Posted by pcbouhid on 2005-12-06 08:09:01

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