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# Breaking Bread

Three travellers met at a lonely oasis. One had 3 loaves of bread, but no money; another had 5 loaves of bread, but no money; while the third had only money. They sat down to a meal and the kind travellers shared their bread equally among all 3. In the morning, the traveller with the money departed leaving 8 silver coins for the other 2 in payment for the bread. How should they share the coins fairly?

### Hint

The one who contributed more should get a larger share.### Answer

Since they all shared the 8 loaves they ate 2 2/3 loaves each. Thus one gave 1/3 of a loaf while the other gave 2 1/3 loaves to the man with none. The second one gave 7 times as much and should receive 7 times as much back as the other.The first should get one coin while the other gets 7 coins.

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