The Monday Riddle

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To replace the popular but controversial 'Joke for Friday' I would like to introduce my Monday Riddle :P

An old farmer died and left 17 cows to his three sons. In his will, the farmer stated that his oldest son should get 1 / 2 , his middle son should get 1 / 3 , and his youngest son should get 1 / 9 of all the cows. The sons, who did not want to end up with half cows, sat for days trying to figure out how many cows each of them should get.

One day, their neighbour came by to see how they were doing after their father’s death. The three sons told him their problem. After thinking for a while, the neighbour said: “I’ll be right back!” He went away, and when he came back, the three sons could divide the cows according to their father’s will, and in such a way that each of them got a whole number of cows.

The Riddle: What was the neighbour’s solution?

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he bought some cows...

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And what did he achieve by doing that :?: ......
A more indepth answer is required please.

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He brought his bull, to service at least one of the cows so that it had a calf. This gave a total of 18 cows, a number that can be divided in the proportions set out by the deceased father in his will.

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Well the cows would be split as

son 1: 8.5 cows
son 2: 5.7 cows
son 3: 1.9 cows

rounding it to the nearest .1

thus the farmer buys the "partial" cows from the sons leaving them with 8,5 and 1 cow(s) each respectively.

alternatively he could sell them a cow so that they have 18 cows and thus:

son 1: 9 cows
son 2: 6 cows
son 3: 2 cows

and then they sell the 18th cow...

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He brought his bull, to service at least one of the cows so that it had a calf. This gave a total of 18 cows, a number that can be divided in the proportions set out by the deceased father in his will.

This is a bit more like it...................BUT lets see some numbers and remember anything borrowed / created needs to be paid back :!:

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Maxwell Smart wrote:
Well the cows would be split as

son 1: 8.5 cows
son 2: 5.7 cows
son 3: 1.9 cows

rounding it to the nearest .1

thus the farmer buys the "partial" cows from the sons leaving them with 8,5 and 1 cow(s) each respectively.

alternatively he could sell them a cow so that they have 18 cows and thus:

son 1: 9 cows
son 2: 6 cows
son 3: 2 cows

and then they sell the 18th cow...

Maxwell Smart is the winner :lol:

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Ok, so I think this one is a bit harder.......................

What English word is nine letters long, and can remain an English word at each step as you remove one letter at a time, right down to a single letter :?:
List the letter you remove each time and the words that result at each step.

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Hmmm... difficult! I have spent the last 15 minutes think about this...

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Helen wrote:
Ok, so I think this one is a bit harder.......................

What English word is nine letters long, and can remain an English word at each step as you remove one letter at a time, right down to a single letter :?:
List the letter you remove each time and the words that result at each step.

I think you need to set the rules down as there are a lot of potential answers as to what is defined as a word, are plurals allowed etc...

I only say this as I know what the answer is... but won't spoil it for everyone.

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Maxwell Smart wrote:

I think you need to set the rules down as there are a lot of potential answers as to what is defined as a word, are plurals allowed etc...

I only say this as I know what the answer is... but won't spoil it for everyone.

What a 'Smart' Guy :lol:

Ok rules - plurals are allowed but in the my answer you don't need plurals anyway.
All the words made are real, proper recognisable words - no abreviations, no initials like GWOA etc.

I could give you the first letter and the end few if needed................

But you've got to ask nicely :lol:

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Helen wrote:

What a 'Smart' Guy :lol:

Only because someone sent it to me before. Must confess I couldn't solve it... but once you know one answer it is quite easy to work out other potential answers.

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Give us the last letter you end up with and let's see if we can work our way back to the nine-letter word....

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Give us the last letter you end up with and let's see if we can work our way back to the nine-letter word....

the last letter can really only be i... unless you start getting more creative with what the penultimate step can be

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It could be a. But that doesn't help at all

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I will confirm it is an i and I will also tell you the word begins with s - I'm so kind :)

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Can we go back to the jokes? I am dyslexic :cry:

Spider1V - Never liked these ones........ but hey - I am in 22 degree sunshine! 8)

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Can we go back to the jokes? I am dyslexic :cry:

Spider1V - Never liked these ones........ but hey - I am in 22 degree sunshine! 8)

You can do jokes, but I thought it was safer this way...........................

Only 22 :!: we've had about 25 here at least :lol: (mm that is)

Must admit Geography not my strong point, when you said where you were going I'd thought it would be cold :? - now have looked it up wow - HOT 8)

Spider1V - has moved to Wales :evil:

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Helen wrote:
Spider1V wrote:
Can we go back to the jokes? I am dyslexic :cry:

Spider1V - Never liked these ones........ but hey - I am in 22 degree sunshine! 8)

You can do jokes, but I thought it was safer this way...........................

Only 22 :!: we've had about 25 here at least :lol: (mm that is)

Must admit Geography not my strong point, when you said where you were going I'd thought it would be cold :? - now have looked it up wow - HOT 8)

Spider1V - has moved to Wales :evil:

There are so many different variations of G wagens out here! I am trying to catch them on my camera - I have see Pick up versions, 6 wheel versions, One that looked like an ambulance - in that the overhang on it was like the LR Army ambulances.

No 500's as yet :cry:

Morty - I am determind to find one that you WILL NOT be able to tell me about!*

Spider1V - Enjoying the Sun Shine Well now dark here in 'Wales'

*this is meant in a jokey, blokey sort of way and NOT in any way insulting or inuendo and in no way refering to the lack of knowledge in my Spanish friend

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There are so many different variations of G wagens out here! I am trying to catch them on my camera - I have see Pick up versions, 6 wheel versions, One that looked like an ambulance - in that the overhang on it was like the LR Army ambulances.

No 500's as yet :cry:

Morty - I am determind to find one that you WILL NOT be able to tell me about!*

Spider1V - Enjoying the Sun Shine Well now dark here in 'Wales'

*this is meant in a jokey, blokey sort of way and NOT in any way insulting or inuendo and in no way refering to the lack of knowledge in my Spanish friend

And the small font used is not meant to predudice those with special visionary needs. :roll:
For further help and advice if you cannot read this small print please go to Spec savers (other optical advice services are available) 8)

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Just to confirm I've got the right word is the first letter one removes 'L'?

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The Bear wrote:
Just to confirm I've got the right word is the first letter one removes 'L'?

In the most common answer yes.

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Maxwell Smart wrote:
The Bear wrote:
Just to confirm I've got the right word is the first letter one removes 'L'?

In the most common answer yes.

Sorry to hear mine is the common answer but yes L is the first letter :lol:

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The answer was STARTLING - STARING, STRING, STING, SING, SIN, IN, and finally I.

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Just incase anyone reads this - here is another...........

are you good at maths?
complete the sequence..........

1=3, 2=3, 3=5, 4=4, 5=4, 6=3, 7=5, 8=5, 9=4, 10=3, 11=?, 12=?

:?

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the solution for both is 6 as this is the number of letters in the name of the numbers :P

so easy once you know the answer eh :!:

Here is another one. :? ...............

Continue this sequence : - o t t f f s s..................