Monthly Brainteaser and October’s AnswerFriday, December 3rd, 2010
An amateur woodworker bought a 10 foot length of mahogany for £400. He needed to have it cut into 1 foot lengths but did not have good enough tools to do this and in any case did not trust his ability to cut this expensive wood accurately enough. The woodyard therefore offered to cut it for him at a cost of £10 per cut (they had to use special tools that blunted quickly on mahogany), and he agreed. When the man came to collect his purchase the woodyard handed him a bill for £500, which he thought excessive? Was he being unreasonable?
Well, of course he was not. The supplier was probably trying it on, but naturally you wouldn’t have fallen for it. In order to produce ten pieces, only nine cuts would be required.
This month, ask yourself what the following words have in common:
Answer next month!