Grocer
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Answer :
The grocer was
delayed half a minute and the
draper eight minutes and a half (seventeen times as long as the
grocer), making together nine minutes.
Now, the grocer took twentyfour
minutes to weigh out the sugar, and, with the halfminute delay, spent
24 min. 30 sec. over the task; but the draper had only to make fortyseven
cuts to divide the roll of cloth, containing fortyeight yards, into
yard pieces!
This took him 15 min. 40 sec., and when we add the eight
minutes and a half delay we get 24 min. 10 sec., from which it is clear
that the draper won the race by twenty seconds.
The majority of solvers
make fortyeight cuts to divide the roll into fortyeight pieces!

