Here's a tough puzzle, one Bill probably know

# Thread: Here's a tough puzzle, one Bill probably know

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## Here's a tough puzzle, one Bill probably know

I have a cake, and i want to make 8 even slices, but i only want to use 3 cuts... it&#039;s even tougher since you have to describe how to cut it, since this text box that you enter your message into doesn&#039;t exactly allow for drawing (if you can do ascii art, it may help)<BR><BR>Jason<BR>http://www.jasontconnell.com

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## Easy actually

Two across the top and then cut it to reduce the height in half<BR><BR>Brain Power.

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## is not...but you got it... eop

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## ...or...

Cut in half, stack the two halves on top of each other.<BR><BR>Cut in half again. Stack all four quarters on top of each other.<BR><BR>Cut in half again.<BR><BR>Messy. But theoretically correct. (Actually, you don&#039;t need the first stacking, of course. But it doesn&#039;t hurt.)<BR><BR>If you have a long enough knife, you don&#039;t have to stack the pieces...you just line them up in a row and make one nice long cut.<BR><BR>If you are thinking of the answer where you make the cuts at odd angles to get equal-area pieces...yeah, I&#039;ve seen that. But I wouldn&#039;t define "even" (when cutting cake) to mean "equal area". I would expect "even" to mean "identical in appearance."<BR><BR>

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## You are right

But when I have all this brain power things do come kinda easy. Though I spent a few minutes trying to draw that on a paper and cut it on the top, then it struck me and since I have to put people down I had to say it was easy.<BR><BR>Brain Power.

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## Better not do that at our house!

Half the people would complain about not getting their part of the top icing!<BR><BR>I don&#039;t think that one qualifies, same reason the cut-it-in-odd-shaped-but-equal-area-pieces fails. The pieces are not "even" by any human definition, only by a mathematical one.<BR><BR>

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## There he goes again

The technical guy. But yeah i would definitely want the one from the top part of the cake.<BR><BR>

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## yes, VERY messy!!!

it&#039;s ok though.. it was a puzzle we did at my internship orientation, i almost had it, but they stopped letting us try when it got dark ;-) my co. want us to "think outside the box", and in fact that was our first puzzle, the 9 dots, 4 straight lines, connect them all puzzle... good night! i can&#039;t fool anybody! stupid genius (probably really a genius) got it in 6 minutes, that prick!<BR>j/k<BR><BR>Jason<BR>http://www.jasontconnell.com

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## well at least you're honest eop

why are you looking in here?

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## Icing sucks when there's too much...

it&#039;s too sugary!

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