Answer
The smallest possible number of eggs that Mrs.
Covey could
have taken to
market is 719.
After selling half the number and giving half an
egg
over
she would have 359 left; after the second transaction she would have
239
left; after the third deal, 179; and after the fourth, 143.
This last
number she could divide equally among her thirteen friends, giving each
11, and she would not have broken an egg
