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## #1 2011-07-21 06:36:12

anandbrar
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### The Egg-seller's eggs..

An egg-seller was on his way to a village. On his way, a fool collided with him and all his eggs broke. They both went to the village head-man. When the head-man asked how many eggs he had, the egg-seller told him,

"When counted in twos, 1 remains,
When counted in threes, 2 remain,
When counted in fours, 3 remain,
When counted in fives, 4 remain,
When counted in sixes, 5 remain,
When counted in sevens, none remain...
I had less than 150 eggs."

How many eggs did he have?

Last edited by anandbrar (2011-07-21 06:39:49)

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## #2 2011-07-21 06:41:49

bob bundy
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### Re: The Egg-seller's eggs..

hi anandbrar

I got

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## #3 2011-07-21 06:43:27

anonimnystefy
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### Re: The Egg-seller's eggs..

hi anandbar

yup i did this problem except it wasn't bout eggs.

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## #4 2011-07-21 06:52:46

anandbrar
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### Re: The Egg-seller's eggs..

hi bob bundy, anonimnystefy

"widen your gaze... extend beyond the obvious..."

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## #5 2011-07-22 11:53:31

bobbym
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Registered: 2009-04-12
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### Re: The Egg-seller's eggs..

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #6 2011-07-22 17:16:32

anandbrar
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### Re: The Egg-seller's eggs..

hi bobbym,

why did you multiply with 3*3*...?

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## #7 2011-07-22 17:18:26

bobbym
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### Re: The Egg-seller's eggs..

Hi;

Each mutiplication does not effect the solution set. But you multiply until the number is congruent to 1 for the modulo. This has the effect of solving for the variable.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #8 2011-08-12 20:13:40

anandbrar
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### Re: The Egg-seller's eggs..

If he were to say:

"When counted in twos, 1 remains,
When counted in threes, 2 remain,
When counted in fours, 3 remain,
When counted in fives, 4 remain,
When counted in sixes, 5 remain,
When counted in sevens, 6 remain,...
so on till
When counted in elevens, none remain"

Will the least answer be 30239?

Could anyone verify if this would be the least answer...thanks..

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## #9 2011-08-12 22:08:18

ganesh
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### Re: The Egg-seller's eggs..

Hi anandbrar,

I think the answer would be 2519.

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## #10 2011-08-12 23:00:12

bobbym
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### Re: The Egg-seller's eggs..

Hi;

2519 that is what I am getting also.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #11 2011-08-18 20:31:23

sandesh234
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## #12 2011-12-17 22:51:06

Muramal
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### Re: The Egg-seller's eggs..

Got it
The question clearly says less than 150 eggs
So why do we have answers by the xxxxxdigits?

It's simply 119 eggs!

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## #13 2011-12-17 23:18:54

bobbym
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Registered: 2009-04-12
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### Re: The Egg-seller's eggs..

Hi Muramal;

Welcome to the forum. This should clear up the confusion.

Everyone did answer 119 ( see post #2,3 and 5).

The higher number (2519) was for the second problem (post #8) which does not have the <120 restriction.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #14 2012-01-28 11:21:25

anna_gg
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### Re: The Egg-seller's eggs..

Suppose we are looking for x, where x is the number of eggs. Then x+1 should be a multiple of 2,3,4,5,6.
The smaller number to meet this criteria is 5x12 = 60, then 120, then 180 etc.
Moreover, x should be a multiple of 7, thus (x+1)mod7 = 1, thus 120-1 = 119, 238 etc.
The number also has to be <150, so it is 119.

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