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Old March 27th, 2009, 03:15 PM   #41
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Correct Sam...
Thank you, Dougie. At first I thought it might have been Joseph - that "Coat of Many Colours" is so Max Miller, don't you think? - but his jokes weren't nearly as good:

"There were these seven fat cows and seven skinny cows..."

Too non-PC, even for the 17th Century BCE.

(Apparently his coat was one of "many skins" - I read somewhere that the "many colours" bit was a mistranslation.)
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Old March 27th, 2009, 03:24 PM   #42
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Yes Sam Im sure the " 7 fat cows and skinny cows" phrase would have brought the Germaine Greer wannabees out in their thousands ,waving their placards as if there was no tommorrow.
Today the "coat of many colours" might instead read "coat of many shades" ....just to be on the safe side.
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Old March 27th, 2009, 04:07 PM   #43
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The Son of Pharoahs daughter is the daughter of Pharoahs son. Doug

Unless Pharoah was from Southeast Texas or West Virginia...or Hull,Yorkshire, where brother- sister marriages are de rigeur and still en vogue....I ain't got the slightest damned clue what the answer is Doug.
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Old March 27th, 2009, 04:20 PM   #44
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Explain please why this statement while sounding nonsensical,is in fact perfectly correct.....or is it?
The Son of Pharoahs daughter is the daughter of Pharoahs son.
Consider the following.

1. The Son-of-Pharaoh is (self-evidently) Pharaoh's son.

2. If he had a daughter then one could either call her the "daughter of Pharaoh's son", or the "Son-of-Pharaoh's daughter". They both mean the same.

3. In other words:

"The Son-of-Pharaoh's daughter" = "The daughter of Pharaoh's son".

4. Just take away the hyphens, substitute "is" for the "equals" sign, and you have the original sentence.
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Old March 27th, 2009, 04:47 PM   #45
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Yes quite..its just the phrasing....Sam is 2-0 up at the moment .
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Old March 27th, 2009, 04:52 PM   #46
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Oh balls on that answer ! I still say it was Ma and Pa Baxter from Bumpkin,Texas.

Good going Sam.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 05:16 AM   #47
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No.5 The man donates his own horse to make the total 18. The first brother gets 1/2 which is 9 horses, the second gets 1/3 which is 6 horses, the third gets 1/9 which is 2 horses.

9+6+2 = 17 horses

Which means there is one left which is the stranger's horse so he can take it back.
Hmm. I knew this was going to be the solution, and it may have been to everyone's satisfaction, but it would not have adhered strictly to the old boy's wishes, since the first brother would end up with 9/17 (not 1/2), the second with 6/17 (not 1/3) and the third 2/17 (not 1/9) of his horses.

So they may as well have taken 5 horses each and given the helpful stranger the remaining 2 for his trouble, since their dad had not exactly played fair.

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I've found the answer to the sheep thingy!

Another bit of a groaner I'm afraid

There's a reference to the puzzle here, the puzzle being P505, and the answer being entitled "oooooh; the pens weren't empty at the beginning"

http://www-cs-staff.stanford.edu/~uno/dudeney-twd.txt

So I imagine there are 4 pens and one already has a sheep in it...

Perhaps someone can trace the full answer in the Weekly Dispatch 26/7/1903
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