## THE GREAT SCRAMBLE.

(

Money Puzzles)

After dinner, the five boys of a household happened to find a parcel of

sugar-plums. It was quite unexpected loot, and an exciting scramble

ensued, the full details of which I will recount with accuracy, as it

forms an interesting puzzle.

You see, Andrew managed to get possession of just two-thirds of the

parcel of sugar-plums. Bob at once grabbed three-eighths of these, and

Charlie managed to seize three-tenths also. Then young David dashed upon

the scene, and captured all that Andrew had left, except one-seventh,

which Edgar artfully secured for himself by a cunning trick. Now the fun

began in real earnest, for Andrew and Charlie jointly set upon Bob, who

stumbled against the fender and dropped half of all that he had, which

were equally picked up by David and Edgar, who had crawled under a table

and were waiting. Next, Bob sprang on Charlie from a chair, and upset

all the latter's collection on to the floor. Of this prize Andrew got

just a quarter, Bob gathered up one-third, David got two-sevenths, while

Charlie and Edgar divided equally what was left of that stock.

They were just thinking the fray was over when David suddenly struck out

in two directions at once, upsetting three-quarters of what Bob and

Andrew had last acquired. The two latter, with the greatest difficulty,

recovered five-eighths of it in equal shares, but the three others each

carried off one-fifth of the same. Every sugar-plum was now accounted

for, and they called a truce, and divided equally amongst them the

remainder of the parcel. What is the smallest number of sugar-plums

there could have been at the start, and what proportion did each boy

obtain?

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