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Dividing the 'erb. (Posted on 2006-01-27) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Three cooks have each paid one third to purchase a bag of herbs. In the past, two of the cooks have divided their purchases in the following manner: First one cook would divide the herb, by eye, into two piles she considered to be equal. The second cook would then choose the pile she thought was bigger.

By what process may the three cooks divide their herbs in such a way that each was content that she had recieved at least one third of the total? (No scales or other devices are available to assist the division)

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  Subject Author Date
SolutionSolutionthegnome542006-06-30 21:23:47
No Subjecttanx2006-06-29 15:00:11
SolutionClean Solution where Collusion is not possibletanx2006-06-29 14:58:11
SolutionAnother Solutionkatrin2006-06-24 08:48:13
I gotta agreeSimon2006-06-18 02:58:14
Solutionsolutionludwig2006-04-13 07:01:56
Some Thoughtsan easy solutionkolcak2006-04-12 17:27:29
Everyone Satisfied (no way to collude)tanx2006-03-20 11:00:21
possible solutionManoj Gupta2006-03-16 12:19:20
re(2): possibly a simpler solutionartifex2006-02-23 17:47:26
re: possibly a simpler solutionHugo2006-02-22 15:38:44
possibly a simpler solutionJeremy Hamilton2006-02-21 23:00:31
What I would doMagda2006-02-20 10:43:38
Another possible solutionSara2006-02-19 17:02:11
re: My own solutionVernon Lewis2006-02-17 06:33:02
SolutionMy own solutionAvalonXQ2006-02-17 05:53:34
re: newbie solutionkosep2006-02-16 12:26:18
newbie solutionkosep2006-02-16 12:23:51
re(2): answer is in the riddlehumspun2006-02-15 10:11:40
re: answer is in the riddleavijit2006-02-15 04:55:27
answer is in the riddlehumspun2006-02-14 16:52:34
give a try :pyahyah2006-02-10 22:43:15
fair solutionChris2006-02-10 17:53:58
re: FINAL SOLUTION....NO LOOPHOLESDiana2006-02-10 12:42:35
3 cooks and herbsDiana2006-02-10 12:40:50
FINAL SOLUTION....NO LOOPHOLESavijit2006-02-07 10:13:32
CONTINUATION OF LAST SOL.avijit2006-02-07 10:08:58
re: My Solutionavijit2006-02-07 10:01:14
SolutionPotential Long AlternativeLisa2006-02-07 09:40:34
SolutionMy SolutionLisa2006-02-07 09:36:04
solution ::kindly commentavijit2006-02-07 07:12:23
re: Another Solutionbrianjn2006-02-03 20:34:04
Another SolutionElkor2006-02-03 16:12:52
re: solutionowl2006-02-02 09:01:25
solutionReydel2006-02-02 08:40:51
re(3): Divide and Spreadthegnome542006-01-31 17:09:24
re(4): totally different solutionthegnome542006-01-31 17:04:15
Some Thoughtsre(3): totally different solutionAdy TZIDON2006-01-30 02:14:07
Hints/Tipsre(2): totally different solutionAdy TZIDON2006-01-30 02:06:30
re(2): totally different solutionowl2006-01-29 13:22:54
re: totally different solutionthegnome542006-01-29 10:44:11
Solutiontotally different solutionAdy TZIDON2006-01-29 09:35:07
Solutiontotally different solutionAdy TZIDON2006-01-29 09:35:05
Scarlet - the herbbrianjn2006-01-29 08:03:39
re(2): Crushed or Powdered Herbsbrianjn2006-01-29 07:57:08
re(2): Divide and Spreadbrianjn2006-01-29 07:34:52
re(2): One Possible Answer (Spoiler)Hugo2006-01-29 05:33:34
re: Divide and Spreadthegnome542006-01-28 23:57:12
re: One Possible Answer (Spoiler)thegnome542006-01-28 23:54:02
re(2): Crushed or Powdered Herbsbrianjn2006-01-28 18:50:51
re: Crushed or Powdered Herbsowl2006-01-28 12:29:08
Crushed or Powdered Herbsbrianjn2006-01-28 07:28:19
SolutionAlternate SolutionMindrod2006-01-27 20:30:44
Divide and Spreadbrianjn2006-01-27 17:27:00
Questionre: A Solution (which is fairest?)Percy2006-01-27 16:10:20
SolutionA Solutionowl2006-01-27 11:09:03
SolutionThis solution worksSteve Herman2006-01-27 10:17:15
re(2): One Possible Answer (Spoiler), one possible problemVernon Lewis2006-01-27 08:31:06
re: One Possible Answer (Spoiler), one possible problemHugo2006-01-27 08:23:40
SolutionOne Possible Answer (Spoiler)Vernon Lewis2006-01-27 07:54:56
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