How Many Eggs Did The Man Have in His Basket?

How Many Eggs Did The Man Have in His Basket?

 

 

A man is walking down a road with a basket of eggs.

As he is walking he meets a man who buys half of his eggs plus half of an egg.

He walks a little further and meets another person who buys half of his eggs plus half of an egg.

After proceeding further he meets another person who buys one-half of his eggs plus one half an egg.

At this point he has sold all of his eggs, and he never broke an egg.

How many eggs did the man have to start with?

 

 

 

Answer:

From the last statement you can make out that the last person gets 1 egg and we can derive the following;

Person one buys half the eggs [3 1/2] plus 1/2 an egg, or 4 total. No eggs broken.

This leaves 3 eggs. Person 2 buys half the remaining eggs [1 1/2] plus 1/2 an egg, or 2 total.

Again no eggs broken. This leaves 1 egg.

Person 3 comes along, and he buys half the eggs [1/2] plus 1/2 an egg, or 1 egg. No broken eggs, eggs all sold

 

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