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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)

No Solution Yet Submitted by Sir Percivale    
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re(2): Crushed or Powdered Herbs | Comment 11 of 60 |
(In reply to re: Crushed or Powdered Herbs by owl)

I take your point that there is something a little fallacious in the methodology, but I basically had in mind that A, B and C, being "professionals" would act in a manner as to uphold the "honour of their vocation"  :-)

My purpose of C's step was to be the "equaliser/moderator".

  Posted by brianjn on 2006-01-28 18:50:51

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