MARCH 1, 2001
A BEARTOWN MYSTERY
When an old Beartown farmer grew ill and
knew that he would soon die, he called his three sons
into his room.
The eldest son took his coin, went straight
to the marketplace, and filled his wagon full of straw.
The second son thought a bit longer, then also went to
the marketplace, where he bought sacks and sacks of
feathers. The youngest son thought and then quietly went
to the general store and bought two small items and
tucked them into his pocket.
How did the youngest son do this? Check the next issue of Beartown News for the answer.
LAST ISSUE'S SOLUTION: 1/2 plus 1/3 plus 1/9 does not equal one or all of anything. The Constable used their common denominator, which was eighteen, and changed the fractions to 9/18 plus 6/18 plus 2/18 which equaled 17/18. So by borrowing the eighteenth horse the Constable created a situation that matched the fractions.
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