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## Show Me the Mommy!

Logic puzzles require you to think. You will have to be logical in your reasoning.

 Puzzle ID: #25002 Fun: (2.81) Difficulty: (2.52) Category: Logic Submitted By: norcekri

Biggie Nuff, Baron of Grey Matter, now living in Shapeless, Mass., was dying from a newly developed allergy to water, and wanted his will to reflect the common inheritance law of his father's native country. Biggie's wife, Faerie, was pregnant at the time with what would be the first child for either of them. Biggie's new will stated that if his child were a boy, the son would get 2/3 of his estate, and his widow would get 1/3. If the child were a girl, the widow would get 2/3 of the estate, and the daughter would get 1/3.

In due time, Biggie died, and the authorities read his will, holding dispensation of the estate until the child was born. Five months after Biggie's death, Faerie delivered ... normal, healthy twins, a boy (whom she named Manny) and a girl (whom she named Goodie).

The estate's executor immediately appealed to the Shapeless magistrate to rule on the proper division for the estate. After a great deal of arguing and deep thought, plus several failed attempts to raise Biggie's spirit with a seance, the judge rendered a fair decision.

How did they divide Biggie's estate?

The judge reasoned that Biggie intended to give his wife half as much as a son, or twice as much as a daughter. Therefore, he ruled that Manny gets 4/7 of the estate, Faerie gets 2/7, and Goodie gets 1/7.

(This is supposedly a real decision in Massachusetts, according to the Reader's Digest puzzle book in which I first read this, copyright 1967. Obviously, I've changed the names).

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