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  • Paul Kearney A.K.A. NEMO
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    I've found the answer to the sheep thingy!

    Another bit of a groaner I'm afraid

    There's a reference to the puzzle here, the puzzle being P505, and the answer being entitled "oooooh; the pens weren't empty at the beginning"

    http://www-cs-staff.stanford.edu/~uno/dudeney-twd.txt

    So I imagine there are 4 pens and one already has a sheep in it...

    Perhaps someone can trace the full answer in the Weekly Dispatch 26/7/1903

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  • Caroline Brown
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    Originally posted by Nemo View Post

    No.5 The man donates his own horse to make the total 18. The first brother gets 1/2 which is 9 horses, the second gets 1/3 which is 6 horses, the third gets 1/9 which is 2 horses.

    9+6+2 = 17 horses

    Which means there is one left which is the stranger's horse so he can take it back.
    Hmm. I knew this was going to be the solution, and it may have been to everyone's satisfaction, but it would not have adhered strictly to the old boy's wishes, since the first brother would end up with 9/17 (not 1/2), the second with 6/17 (not 1/3) and the third 2/17 (not 1/9) of his horses.

    So they may as well have taken 5 horses each and given the helpful stranger the remaining 2 for his trouble, since their dad had not exactly played fair.

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    PedantiCaz
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  • Howard Brown
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    Oh balls on that answer ! I still say it was Ma and Pa Baxter from Bumpkin,Texas.

    Good going Sam.

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    Yes quite..its just the phrasing....Sam is 2-0 up at the moment .

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    Originally posted by dougie View Post
    Explain please why this statement while sounding nonsensical,is in fact perfectly correct.....or is it?
    The Son of Pharoahs daughter is the daughter of Pharoahs son.
    Consider the following.

    1. The Son-of-Pharaoh is (self-evidently) Pharaoh's son.

    2. If he had a daughter then one could either call her the "daughter of Pharaoh's son", or the "Son-of-Pharaoh's daughter". They both mean the same.

    3. In other words:

    "The Son-of-Pharaoh's daughter" = "The daughter of Pharaoh's son".

    4. Just take away the hyphens, substitute "is" for the "equals" sign, and you have the original sentence.

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  • Howard Brown
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    The Son of Pharoahs daughter is the daughter of Pharoahs son. Doug

    Unless Pharoah was from Southeast Texas or West Virginia...or Hull,Yorkshire, where brother- sister marriages are de rigeur and still en vogue....I ain't got the slightest damned clue what the answer is Doug.

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    Yes Sam Im sure the " 7 fat cows and skinny cows" phrase would have brought the Germaine Greer wannabees out in their thousands ,waving their placards as if there was no tommorrow.
    Today the "coat of many colours" might instead read "coat of many shades" ....just to be on the safe side.

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    Originally posted by dougie View Post
    Correct Sam...
    Thank you, Dougie. At first I thought it might have been Joseph - that "Coat of Many Colours" is so Max Miller, don't you think? - but his jokes weren't nearly as good:

    "There were these seven fat cows and seven skinny cows..."

    Too non-PC, even for the 17th Century BCE.

    (Apparently his coat was one of "many skins" - I read somewhere that the "many colours" bit was a mistranslation.)

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Correct Sam.......Your Winners copy of the Gideon Bible (revised edition) will be despatched to you as soon as possible.

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    Originally posted by dougie View Post
    Who was the "greatest comedian" in the Bible?
    Samson. He only had to stand up, and he'd bring the house down.

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  • Robert Linford
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    Pharaoh had a son who had a daughter and they all ended as mummies.

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    Explain please why this statement while sounding nonsensical,is in fact perfectly correct.....or is it?
    The Son of Pharoahs daughter is the daughter of Pharoahs son.

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    Who was the "greatest comedian" in the Bible?

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  • Paul Kearney A.K.A. NEMO
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    I have been looking for similar puzzles - there are a few - and some answers have pens inside each other

    Still trying...

    It's the board puzzle I can't work out yet - but I'll get it one day

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    Nemo, have we no answer to the sheep one??? I really want to know the answer!!

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