Dividing The Spoils : Solution


We learn from the manner in which the nuts were divided that the girls' ages are in the proportions 9 > 12 > 14. Therefore the 770 chestnuts were divided so that the youngest girl got 198, the next oldest got 264, and the oldest got 308.

As for the ages of the girls, they cannot be determined exactly. All we know is that their ages are in the proportions 9 > 12 > 14. Judging by the picture, a good guess would be 4½, 6 and 7 years.




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