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 Dividing the 'erb. (Posted on 2006-01-27)
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 Rating: 4.1000 (10 votes)

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 re(2): totally different solution | Comment 21 of 60 |
(In reply to re: totally different solution by thegnome54)

If C waits to see if the pile gets bigger, then she is gambling. And I still think many solutions will fall apart if we assume that reasonable players will gamble.
I like Ady's solution; it is a real-time version of turn-based solutions already given. It does, however, depend on how quick a person can decide if the pile is big enough; I don't like that :-)
 Posted by owl on 2006-01-29 13:22:54

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