Matches

The man emptied a box of matches on the table and divided them into three heaps.

“You aren’t going to start a bonfire, are you?” someone quipped.

“No, they are for a brain teaser. Here it is —- three uneven heaps. There are altogether 48 matches. I won’t tell how many there are in each heap. Look well. If I take as many matches from the first heap as there are in the second and add them to the second, and then take as many from the second as there are in the third, and add them to the third, and finally, take as many from the third as there are in the first, and add them to the first — well, if I do all this, the heaps will all have the same number of matches. How many were there originally in each heap?”

More later,

Nalin Pithwa

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