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(#5375895) Going Bananas
Posted by Dragon Jr on 16 May 2022 at 7:37AM
Four men are traveling by ship, with their pet monkey. A storm at sea causes a shipwreck. The men and their monkey swim to a nearby island, where bananas grow. There also are four boats on the island, each large enough to accommodate two men and the monkey. The men spend the rest of the day picking bananas, which they place in a pile at the center of the island.

At 1 in the morning, one of the men gets up, and walks over to the pile of bananas. He divides the bananas into four equal piles, plus one banana for the monkey. He loads one pile of bananas into a boat, arranges the remaining bananas to form a single pile, and leaves the island.

At 2 in the morning, another man gets up, and walks to the pile of bananas. He also divides the bananas into four piles of equal size, plus two bananas for the monkey. Taking one pile of bananas with him, he leaves the island by boat.

At 3 in the morning, another man gets up, and goes to the pile of bananas. He divides the bananas into four equal piles, plus three bananas for the monkey. Taking one pile of bananas with him, he leaves the island by boat.

At 9 in the morning, the fourth man gets up. As there now are a lot fewer bananas in the pile, and three of the boats are missing, he has a clear idea of what happened during the night. After catching fish from the sea for breakfast, he loads the remaining bananas into the fourth boat. Later he and the monkey leave the island together. What is the smallest number of bananas there could have been in the pile initially, so that each of the four men gets some bananas, as does the monkey?
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5375948Re: Going Bananas amthevessel16 May 2022 12:37PM
5375944Re: Going Bananas Dragon Jr16 May 2022 12:05PM
5375933Re: Going Bananas Jools16 May 2022 11:26AM
5375895Going Bananas Dragon Jr16 May 2022 7:37AM

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