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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)

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 possibly a simpler solution | Comment 49 of 60 |
-Not sure if anyone's mentioned this:  What if one cook divides the herb into three piles, a second chooses the two largest piles, recombines them, divides them in half, and the third cook chooses the largest from those two?   The philosophy is pretty much exactly the same as the given example.
 Posted by Jeremy Hamilton on 2006-02-21 23:00:31

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