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Cigarette Making Puzzle

Genre: Math / Logic Rating: 3 - Easy to Medium Source: Unknown
Brain Functions: Logic / Calculations Hint    Solution

A destitute gentleman is addicted to cigarettes, but he can’t afford to buy any. However, he is able to make a cigarette from five cigarette butts. (In case you’ve managed to avoid smoking altogether, a cigarette butt is a small part of a cigarette that remains after the cigarette is smoked.)

How many cigarettes can the fellow make and smoke if he starts with 25 cigarette butts? Assume that none of the cigarette butts has a filter.

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