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Arab's Camels

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Puzzle ID:#1677
Fun:*** (2.75)
Difficulty:** (1.99)
Submitted By:Boddo**




A rich old Arab has three sons. When he died, he willed his 17 camels to the sons, to be divided as follows:
First Son to get 1/2 of the camels,
Second Son to get 1/3rd of the camels,
Third Son to get 1/9th of the camels.
The sons are sitting there trying to figure out how this can possibly be done, when a very old wise man goes riding by on his camel. They stop him and ask him to help them solve their problem. Without hesitation he divides the camels properly and continues riding on his way.
How did he do it?

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Jun 01, 2002

drat, I was going to do this one!
Apr 09, 2006

This doesn't really seem to work, but oh, well.
Dec 31, 2006

I've heard this one before.
Mar 25, 2007

this is what they call a joke...
Jan 27, 2009

Got it easily since 17 was so suggestive of the 18 neeeded to divide evenly.

Still seems like math is not the correct category since the essence of the teaser is the riddle not the math.
Apr 17, 2009

An oldie but a goodie. I heard it as 19 horses divided by half, quarter, fifth - same deal!
Sep 11, 2010

This is not really math...

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