Apple on Demand Puzzle

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An apple seller is hosting a competition. He offers 1000 apples and 10 boxes to the people who pass by. The challenge is to put those 1000 apples in the 10 boxes in such a manner that if he asks for any amount of apples, the person can directly give him the boxes or a combination of boxes. If the person can do it, he promises to give a thousand apples for free.

If you happen to pass by the apple seller, will you be able to win a thousand apples?

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    Yodha Expert Answered on 22nd December 2023.
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    1 2 4 8 16 32 64 128 256 512

    Yodha Expert Answered on 22nd December 2023.

    You can’t pack 512 apples in the last box, because there are only 1000 apples. So, you get only 489 (not 512) apples to pack in the 10th box.

    on 23rd December 2023.
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    The question is “will you be able to win a thousand apples”. So, my answer is YES. The question does NOT ask to explain HOW I can win.

     

    If asked, I would pack the apples as below:

    Box No. Apples
    1 1
    2 2
    3 4
    4 8
    5 16
    6 32
    7 64
    8 128
    9 256
    10 489

     

    Viji_Pinarayi Expert Answered on 23rd December 2023.
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