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)
(In reply to re: totally different solution
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