smek
Jan 09, 2006
 Good teaser, however it says the farmer "wants" 18 in each and then he goes through the process. I was not sure whether at the end of his pours he for sure had 18 in each. I assumed this to be true and solved the teaser. However, if at the end there's 16, 18, 20 then a different answer can be found, and the farmer would need to keep pouring.
Just think it needs to be better worded. 
WJSMama
Jan 10, 2006
 That was really good. It took me a lot of thinking to get it, but I finally did. Great job! 
mr_brainiac
Jan 11, 2006
 Interesting puzzle, worth the effort, just had to find the right approach to get started. Oh, to think I was about to give up on it at first. 
aussiebrown666
Jan 17, 2006
 I agree with smek, but I also just assumed he ended with the correct amount in each and worked it out. Apart from the wording, great teaser. 
garul
Feb 09, 2006
 Nice one. Agree with other comments that it should be explicitly said that he ends up with 18L in each 
appledog
May 17, 2006
 It was a good, hard riddle. 
GebbieRose
May 23, 2006
 love these math teasers. took me a couple minutes, though. 
zigthepig
May 31, 2006
 I've never been a Math person... 
MONZA
Jun 07, 2006
 Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant 
(user deleted)
Nov 11, 2006
 I would not rate this as a great teaser.
x, y, z
3x/4, y + x/4, z
3x/4, y/2 + x/8, z + y/2 + x/8
3x/4 + z/3 + y/6 + x/24, y/2 + x/8, 2z/3 + y/3 + x/12
3x/4 + 9 = 18 => x = 12;
y/2 + 12/8 = 18 => y = 33;
2z/3 + 33/3 + 12/12 = 18 => z = 9; 
lmurray
Jan 31, 2007
 XIEXIE NI!!! THANK YOU!!!
NOT TOO DIFFICULT, BUT FOR ONCE, I HAD TO USE MY BRAIN FOR MORE THAN A FEW SECONDS.
"PLEASE" SEND SOME MORE. 
puttumup
Jan 31, 2007
 if youre good at math.it was a good exercise..but for the normal joe it was probbably to hard.. 
bradon182001
Jan 31, 2007
 Math is not my strong suit, so I'll have to take your word for it. Give me language teasers any time!! 
Starberry
Jan 31, 2007
 Great Teaser! I got it on my first try! 
builder
Jan 31, 2007
 Good teaser. I think the wording "make sure" concludes that all end with 18L each. I'm to sure why the farmer didn't just pour enough from 33 into each, but then we wouldn't have a teaser would we? Thanks! 
coachpisco
Jan 31, 2007
 My brain hurts. 
katjojo
Jan 31, 2007
 I am not a Math Person!! 
Pizzazz2u
Jan 31, 2007
 A fantastic teaser! The teaser is great, but the wording can lead to many pieces of criticism. Bring some more mah teasers, forward. I believe many people can and will enjoy them! 
hoyty
Jan 31, 2007
 Maybe it's because I enjoy language teasers more but I also was confused at the wording. 
bgil7604
Jan 31, 2007
 This wasn't my favorite teaser ever. Finding the answer was easy, and there was terrible wording! 
ciotog
Jan 31, 2007
 It was a little tedious, but a nice test of high school algebra. I wish the teaser wasn't so deterministic, though (the chosen values are simply to make the teaser "difficult", rather than for any other purpose). 
suganue
Jan 31, 2007
 I loved this teaser b/c I love math. I was very fun and not really to hard, just tedious. I agree with the person that said you had to find a starting point. loved it 
(user deleted)
Jan 31, 2007
 If he poured 1/2 out of the second churn to get 18 litres doesn't that mean there was 36 litres in there?
I'm not very good at math so I think I'm confused 
campfirecutie
Jan 31, 2007
 Good math teaser but I really had to work at it!! Good job!! 
jacstop
Jan 31, 2007
 Rwortley there were 36 litres in the 2nd AFTER it received 3 or 1/4 of the 12 litres from the 1st pour  which means it had 33 litres before the pouring began. The question seemed like it was worded fine to me. The teaser is a math teaser so wording should not be considered a stumblingblock. Off with all your commenting heads!
Great teaser!! 
kcheer2493
Jan 31, 2007
 good, but i did this problem in math class last week 
wandering_goat
Jan 31, 2007
 Good riddle. I AM a math person! 
hancar
Jan 31, 2007
 I don't do math  I'm a word person 
(user deleted)
Jan 31, 2007
 Thanks jacstop now I can understand the answer, but I'm still fuzzy on how to get there. 
jabdr
Jan 31, 2007
 Add me to the ranks of 'average joes', and thus I didn't get it. Algebraic formulas stymied me in my younger days, and my short term memory is fast disappearing, so I'm still stymied. Enjoyed seeing that IM liked it. Will look at it again in the morning and see if my brain does better when it's fresh! 
Qrystal
Jan 31, 2007
 Wow, that was awesome!! But I must confess that I am a mathhead.
I've never seen a teaser like that before  but never browsed the Math category because I was sure I'd have too much fun and not be able to drag myself away (much like I experienced with the trivia quizzes today when I learned of them!)
Thanks for the great teaser! 
breathesunshine
Jan 31, 2007
 Funny how I like doing math when I've taken a class in it but have never considered it "fun". I'm glad however that it satisfied a need for those who do! 
DGirl3000
Jan 31, 2007
 it took me a whilee but i got it. im happy. 
t4mt
Jan 31, 2007
 Easy peasy lemon squeezy Good one and thanks. 
vlerma
Feb 01, 2007
 Thanks!
What fun. I enjoyed that one, took some work but that is what this is all about. 
(user deleted)
Feb 01, 2007
 Just need to get the visual right. Then it just flows. 
javaguru
Jan 31, 2009
 Very nice teaser. Fairly easy to do in my head, but quite entertaining nonetheless.
I don't understand all the problems with the wording. Seemed pretty clear to me.
Before each pour:
Third = 3/2 x 18 = 27
Second = 2/1 x 18 = 36
First = 4/3 x (18  1/3 x 27) = 4/3 x 9 = 12
Starting:
Third = 27  1/2 x 36 = 9
Second = 36  1/4 x 12 = 33
First = 12

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