APPLES

Once upon a time, on a lovely spring morning,  a ten year old girl set out set out to visit her grandmother who lived on the other side of a forest.

She had a choice of taking the forest route or to use the much shorter journey which meant crossing over 3 toll bridges.

But as she was very poor and could not afford to pay the toll at each bridge, the girl had to take the forest route. It was a nice clear dry morning so she had no problem with that.

Her grandmother was so happy to see her and made her a lovely lunch. Later in the afternoon they sat down chatting on and on and before they knew it, darkness was almost upon them.

The grandmother would not let the young lass go back to her mother through the forest in the hours of darkness, and instead told her to take the toll bridge route.

As the child or the grandmother herself had no money, the only alternative was to pay the toll bridge keepers in lovely fresh apples that grandmother had picked from her garden.

She gave the child a bag of apples and told her to do the following.

  1. At the 1st bridge you give the tollkeeper half of the apples in the bag, plus half an apple.

  2. At the 2nd bridge you give the tollkeeper half of the apples in the bag, plus half an apple.

  3. At the 3rd bridge you give the tollkeeper half of the apples in the bag, plus half an apple.

 

The child set out heading for home as darkness was falling.

  • She reached the 1st toll bridge in short time and followed grandma’s instructions. She gave the tollkeeper half of the apples in the bag, plus half an apple.

  • She reached the 2nd toll bridge in short time and followed grandma’s instructions. She gave the tollkeeper half of the apples in the bag, plus half an apple.

  • She reached the 3rd toll bridge in short time and followed grandma’s instructions. She gave the tollkeeper half of the apples in the bag, plus half an apple.

 

Then she headed for home. She was impressed that her grandmother had given her EXACTLY the right number of apples. She now had an empty bag and was indoors with her mother in a few minutes.

NOW IT’S YOU TURN. HERE IS MY QUESTION

How many apples did granny put in the bag?

 

You need to know that at no time did she cut or break any of the apples.

 

Each apple she gave to each of the toll-keepers was perfectly whole and complete

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