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Balancing weights (Posted on 2014-11-06) Difficulty: 3 of 5
There are some weights on the two sides of a balance scale. The mass of each weight is an integer number of grams, but no two weights on the same side of the scale share the same mass. At the moment, the scale is perfectly balanced, with each side weighing a total of W grams.
Suppose W is less than the number of weights on the left multiplied by the number of weights on the right.

Is it always true that we can remove some of the weights from each side and still keep the two sides balanced?

Rem: Ignore the trivial solution of removing all weights from both sides.

Source : CSE blog

No Solution Yet Submitted by Ady TZIDON    
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re: solution Comment 2 of 2 |
(In reply to solution by Paul)

Nice job, Paul!
  Posted by Steve Herman on 2014-11-06 17:40:46

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