Puzzle on Barter System


Three countrymen met at a cattle market. ‘Look here,’ said Hari to Jaggu, ‘I’ll give you six of my pigs for one of your horses, and then you’ll have twice as many animals here as I’ve got.’

‘If that’s your way of doing business,’ said Dinanath to Hari, ‘I’ll give you fourteen of my sheep for a horse, and then you’ll have three times as many animals as I.’

‘Well, I’ll go better than that,’ said Jaggu to Dinanath; ‘I’ll give you four cows for a horse, and then you’ll have six times as many animals as I’ve got here.’

No doubt this was a very primitive way of bartering animals, but  it is an interesting little puzzle to discover just how many animals Jaggu, Hari and Dinanath must have taken to the cattle market.

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10 thoughts to “Puzzle on Barter System”

  1. Answer may be Hari brought 11 animals, Jaggu brought 7 animals & dinanath brought 21 animals
    Tell If I am right or not.

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