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Eight Loaves Puzzle

Genre: Mathematical Puzzle Rating: 3 - Easy to Medium Source: Henry Dudeney, Canterbury Puzzles #31
Brain Functions: Exact Calculations, Logical Thinking Hint    Solution

Three travelers come together at meal time. One traveler has 5 loaves of bread, one traveler has 3 loaves of bread, and the third traveler has no loaves of bread. The third traveler, however, has eight coins that the other two agree to accept as payment for a share of their bread. How should the coins be split among the two travelers supplying the bread?

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