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He originally had a total 54 gallons of milk in three churns and he wanted to make sure each churn contained 18 gallons of milk.
In order to do this, he did the following:
First he poured 1/4 of the first churn in the second churn.
He then poured 1/2 of the second churn into the third churn.
Finally he poured 1/3 of the third churn into the first churn.
How many gallons did each churn contain before Farmer Stone started pouring?
Hint: Work backwards with each churn containing 18 gallons.
Answer:
12, 33 and 9 gallons respectively for churns 1, 2 and 3.
The solution may require more than one read!
Before After Therefore
>> Pour 1 C1 = 12 C1 = 9 C2 = +3
>> Pour 1 C2 = 33 C2 = 36
>> Pour 2 C2 = 36 C2 = 18 C3 = +18
>> Pour 3 C3 = 27 C3 = 18 C1 = +9
>> Pour 3 C1 = 9 C1 = 18
To explain a little further. After pour 3, C3 must have contained 18 gallons, so it must have contained 27 before the pour. Similarly after pour 2, C2 must have contained 18 gallons, so must have contained 36 before the pour. After pour 3, C1 must have contained 18 gallons, and it received 9 gallons from pour 3, so must have had 9 before the pour. So pour 1 left 9 gallons in C1, which means C1 contained 12 before the pour and C2 received 3 gallons. We know that C2 had 36 gallons before pour 2, so must have started with 33 gallons.
Puzzle 2
Last week I decided to cycle to my Grandmother's house.
On the first day, I cycled half of the distance.
On day 2, I cycled one half of the remaining distance.
On day 3, I cycled three quarters of the remaining distance.
On day 4, I cycled 10 miles.
On day 5 I cycled two thirds of the remaining distance and on the final day I cycled the remaining 5 miles.
On the final day I cycled the remaining 5 miles
On Day 5 I started with 15 miles (as I cycled two thirds, leaving 5 miles).
On Day 4 I started with 25 miles (as I cycled 10 miles).
On Day 3 I started with 100 miles (as I cycled three quarters, leaving 25 miles).
On Day 2 I started with 200 miles (as I cycled half, leaving 100 miles).
On Day 1 I started with 400 miles (as I cycled half, leaving 200 miles).
Puzzle 3
How many squares, of any size, can you find on this chess board which do not contain a Rook?
I ended up with 34 strawberries, so I had 102 before giving Charlie two thirds.
I ate 6 myself, so I had 108 before I ate those.
I had 108 strawberries, so I had 162 before giving Blake one third.
I ate 3 myself, so I had 165 before I ate those.
I had 165 strawberries, so I had 330 before giving Alex one half.
Ate 5 myself, so I had 335 before I ate those.
Therefore I started with 335 strawberries.
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