My friend Andrew was throwing a very grand party and wanted to borrow from me 100 wine glasses. I wanted to send them through my neighbour’s servant Harry.
Just to give an incentive to Harry to deliver the glasses intact I offered him 30 paise for every glass delivered safely and threatened to forefeit 90 paise for every glass he broke. On settlement, Harry received 24 Rupees from me.
How many glasses did Harry break ?
( Given: 1 Rupee = 100 Paise )
(In reply to re(2): It is hard to get good help these days!
The problem text does not mention anywhere that Harry honored his commitment by delivering all the 100 glasses.
Accordingly, the referred to solution that Harry delivered only 80 glasses without breaking any is also valid.
Edited on March 15, 2008, 3:14 am