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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Can it be Done?

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A poor farmer went to the market to sell some peas and lentils. However, as he had only one sack and didn't want to mix peas and lentils, he poured in the peas first, tied the sack in the middle, and then filled the top portion of the sack with the lentils. At the market a rich innkeeper happened by with his own sack. He wanted to buy the peas, but he did not want the lentils.

Pouring the seed anywhere else but the sacks is considered soiling, which would devalue the peas and lentils. Trading sacks is not allowed. The farmer can’t cut a hole in his sack.

How would you transfer the peas to the innkeeper’s sack, which he wants to keep, without soiling the produce?

13 comments:

  1. Siddhartha Kathpalia10/20/2010 10:07 AM

    he can turn the sac around and cut the base (now the top) and tie it again after he has sold the peas.

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  2. Cut a hole in innkeeper's sack:
    1) Transfer from farmer's sack to innkeeper's sack.
    2) Cut hole in innkeeper's sack
    3) Pour lentils back into farmer's sack

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  3. You can tie the lentils off in a side pocket while you pour the peas out.

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  4. Transfer the lentils to the innkeepers sack and give him the sack with the peas in. SIMPLE =D

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  5. POUR THE LENTLES INTO THE RICH MANS SACK AND SWAP SACKS,, SIMPLEZZZZZZZ

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  6. It says trading sacks is not allowed. Not so simple. I can't figure this one out.

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  7. Perhaps turning it upside down and taking out the bottom seam on the sack. Technically it's not cutting his sack.

    OR

    If he's at the market at this point, he probably already took out the peas and lentils and put them in some sort of tray, display, etc. So they were no longer in the sack anyway.

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  8. 1) Transfer the lentils from the farmer's to the innkeeper's bag. Proceed to tie off the inkeepers bag in the middle, like the farmer had done.

    2) Now transfer the peas from the farmer's bag to the innkeeper's bag's top portion (tie it off as well if you will).

    3) According to the instructions only the farmer cannot cut a hole in his bag, as he is poor, however there is no mention of the innkeeper not being able to do so (as he is wealthy). Thus:

    Cut a hole into the bottom portion/section of the innkeeper's bag (the one containing the lentils) and pour the content back into the farmer's bag.

    Presto.

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  9. If the bag is large enough, the farmer could pour the lentils into the innkeeper's bag, then turn the top portion of his own bag inside-out, around the bottom portion of his bag. This would create something like a pouch surrounding the true bottom of the bag, which would be sticking up in the center.

    The innkeeper could then pour the lentils back into this pouch, leaving his own bag empty. Afterward, the farmer could untie the middle portion of his bag while holding it over the innkeeper's bag, letting all the peas fall out.

    The end result is the innkeeper has his peas, and the farmer has his lentils in his bag, which is now inside-out.

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  10. Mike, I am waiting for a solution to this one. Plz put up!

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  11. Hi Violet,
    Jeff has got it right. By pouring out one, tying it off, turning it inside out, and so on (read Jeff's post), you'll see how it can be done.

    Pretty good, huh?

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  12. Sorry I have to moderate the comments on older posts now. I know you couldn't see Jeff's answer until I allowed it to happen.

    I had to do it though. I started getting some ridiculous spam on the older pages.

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  13. WELL U CANT POUR THE LENTILS INTO THE RICH MANS SACK AND GIVE HIM THE SACK WITH THE PEAS CAUSE IT WOULD BE TRADING SACKS!!!!!WHIC IS NOT ALLOWED!!!!

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