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Slippery Supplier (Posted on 2013-11-12) Difficulty: 2 of 5
A grocer has six suppliers with each supplier selling a different brand of tea in 4-ounce packets at $ 20 per packet. The grocer knows that one of the suppliers gives short weight, each packet of his brand weighing only 3.75 ounces.

Using a digital scale with only one weighing, what is the minimum amount the grocer must spend to be sure of finding the supplier who gives short weight?

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Solution solution. | Comment 5 of 6 |

He buys 15 packets, spending $300.

1 packet is from supplier A.
2 are from supplier B.
3 are from supplier C.
4 are from supplier D.
5 are from supplier E.

If the weight is 60 oz then F is the cheater.
If the weight is 59.75 oz then A is the cheater.
If the weight is 59.5 oz then B is the cheater.
If the weight is 59.25 oz then C is the cheater.
If the weight is 59 oz then D is the cheater.
If the weight is 58.75 oz then E is the cheater.

  Posted by Charlie on 2013-11-12 13:53:16
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