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17 horses

A farmer bequeathed his three sons 17 horses. The will states that the eldest son should get half of the horses, the middle son one third and youngest son one ninth. The sons were not able to divide the horses as the result was coming in fractions. A wise man came to the village with his horse and proposed a solution with which all the sons got their share without harming any horse. What was the advice given and how and how the group of horses were divided?

The wise man brought with him another horse, which he added to those in the stable, making a new sum of eighteen horses. In accordance with the farmer’s will, he then gave the eldest son half of them (9 horses), the middle son a third (6 horses) and the youngest son one ninth (2 horses). This made a sum total of seventeen horses, which meant that one

17 horses

A farmer bequeathed his three sons 17 horses. The will states that the eldest son should get half of the horses, the middle son one third and youngest son one ninth. The sons were not able to divide the horses as the result was coming in fractions. A wise man came to the village with his horse and proposed a solution with which all the sons got their share without harming any horse. What was the advice given and how and how the group of horses were divided?

The wise man brought with him another horse, which he added to those in the stable, making a new sum of eighteen horses. In accordance with the farmer’s will, he then gave the eldest son half of them (9 horses), the middle son a third (6 horses) and the youngest son one ninth (2 horses). This made a sum total of seventeen horses, which meant that one

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