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Ready, action…,CUT! (Posted on 2012-05-16) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Four math students ordered three pizzas: one large (55 cm diameter), one medium (44 cm diameter) and one small (33 cm diameter).
Upon delivery they decided to divide it fairly between them by cutting the pizzas into the fewest number of pieces.
Ignoring the toppings and assuming uniformity of thickness please provide a solution with less than 6 pieces.

  Submitted by Ady TZIDON    
Rating: 3.0000 (2 votes)
Solution: (Hide)
The three diameters form a right-angled triangle (3:4:5), so the two smaller pizzas are exactly equal to the large bun.
Therefore, if we give David and Edgar the two halves, they will have their fair shares—one quarter of the confectionery each.
Then if we place the small pizza, on the top of the remaining one and trace its circumference , Fred's piece will exactly equal Harry's small pizza, with the addition of half the rim of the other.

Thus each boy gets an exactly equal share, and there are only five pieces necessary.

An abridged original solution of Dudeney's puzzle #149.

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  Subject Author Date
Some Thoughts@ Charlie & Steve ==> back to the rootsAdy TZIDON2012-05-25 03:22:37
re: The Bun ProblemCharlie2012-05-20 19:09:21
Some ThoughtsThe Bun ProblemSteve Herman2012-05-19 21:53:37
re(5): Here's a picture -in fact two with linksJer2012-05-18 08:59:51
re(4): Here's a picture -in fact two with linksbrianjn2012-05-18 04:02:48
Trying another pictureJer2012-05-18 00:45:09
re(2): hands on WRONGxdog2012-05-17 09:37:35
re(3): Here's a picture.brianjn2012-05-17 08:50:15
Some Thoughtsre(2): Here's a picture.Ady TZIDON2012-05-17 06:51:46
Some Thoughtsre: hands on WRONGAdy TZIDON2012-05-17 06:48:53
hands onxdog2012-05-17 00:24:15
re: Here's a picture.brianjn2012-05-16 23:34:25
SolutionHere's a picture.Jer2012-05-16 23:06:41
Hints/Tipsre(3): Solution PLEASE RECONSIDERAdy TZIDON2012-05-16 19:36:22
re(2): SolutionJer2012-05-16 13:27:58
Hints/Tipsre: SolutionAdy TZIDON2012-05-16 12:22:14
Hints/Tipsre: PythagoreanAdy TZIDON2012-05-16 12:20:07
SolutionSolutionDej Mar2012-05-16 12:10:21
PythagoreanJer2012-05-16 11:04:00
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