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Monkeys and Bananas

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 Hide all answers   View all answers   Print   Try the Quiz Suppose 5 monkeys take 5 minutes to eat 5 bananas. 1. How many minutes would it take 4 monkeys to eat 4 bananas? Answer: 5 2. How many monkeys would it take to eat 25 bananas in 25 minutes? Answer: 5 Solution: 1. It would take 5 minutes for 4 monkeys to eat 4 bananas; and 2. it would take 5 monkeys 25 minutes to eat 25 bananas. Food for thought: What assumptions are made in arriving at the solution? Does one assume that 5 monkeys take 1 minute to eat 1 banana and that all bananas are consumed at the same pace? Or does one assume that 1 monkey takes 5 minutes to eat 1 banana and that all monkeys eat at the same pace? Think it over!   Try the Quiz :     Puzzles & Brain Teasers : Monkeys and Bananas