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Funny money brainteaser

By , 16 June 2021

Difficulty: Tricky

Clare and Jeremy just finished a job overseas, on Dough Island. They received the following as payment, in the island’s currency:

  • A $3 coin
  • A $4 coin
  • A $6 note
  • An $8 note and
  • A $9 note.

Clare and Jeremy want to share the money so they both get the same number of dollars. Is this possible?

Scroll down or click for a hint, or the answer!

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Brainteaser hint

To work out what each person is owed, add up all the money and divide by 2.

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Brainteaser answer

Yes, it’s possible. There are $30 in total, so Clare and Jeremy want $15 each.
One of them must take the $9 note, and then take the $6 note, to make $15.
The other person then gets the $3 coin, the $4 coin and the $8 note, which also makes $15.

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