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    Silver Lounger
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    Mar 2001
    Dallas, Texas, USA
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    Horsing Around...

    A horse farmer willed his 17 horses to his three sons. In the farmers will, the horses were to be divided among them as follows:

    The eldest son was to receive half of the horses
    The middle son was to receive a third of the horses
    The youngest son was to receive a ninth of the horses.

    The executor of the farmer's estate was perplexed. Finally, he devised a method for dividing the horses without having to slaughter any of the animals. How many horses did each son receive and explain his solution?
    - Ricky

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    Star Lounger
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    Colorado, USA
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    Re: Horsing Around...

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">He brought in an 18th horse of his own. He then gave half, 9, to the eldest, a third, 6, to the middle son, and a ninth, 2, to the youngest. The total given was 9+6+2=17, so he simply took his horse back when done.</span hide> I love this puzzle. It is literally thousands of years old and requires a little thinking outside the box.

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