Turnip for the books

“It’s been a good year for turnips,” remarked farmer Hogswill to his neighbour, Farmer Suticle.

‘Yup, that it has,” the other replied. “How many did you grow?”

“Well…I don’t exactly  recall, but I do remember that when I took the turnips to market, I sold six-sevenths of them, plus one seventh of a turnip in the first hour.”

“Must’ve been tricky cutting them up.”

“No, it was a whole number I sold, I never cut them up.”

“If you say so, Hogswill. Then, what?”

“I sold six-sevenths of what was left, plus one seventh of a turnip, in the second hour. Then I sold six-sevenths of what was left, plus one-seventh of a turnip, in the third hour. And finally, I sold six-sevenths of what was left, plus one-seventh of a turnip, in the fourth hour. Then, I went home.”

“Why?”

“Because I had the sold the lot.”

How many turnips did Hogswill take to the market?”

More later,

Nalin Pithwa

2 Comments

  1. Anubhav C. Singh
    Posted July 28, 2015 at 2:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Is it 400 turnips? That’s what I got

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