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4 thieves rob a bakery of the breadone after the other.each 
thief takes half of what is present ,& half  a bread...if  
at  the end 3 bread remains,what is the no of bread that 
was present initially?
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# 1
Let no of breads initially are x.
x-(x/2 + x/4 + x/8 + x/16) = 3
x- 15x/16 =3
x/16 =3
Is This Answer Correct ?    44 Yes 14 No
Surya Teja Challapalli
# 2
Assume,total no of breads,x=48
first person stole,x/2 = 48/2 = 24.
second person stole,x/4 =(x/2)/2 = 24/12 =12.
third person stole, x/8 = (x/4)/2 = 12/2 =6.
fourth person stole, x/16 = (x/8)/2 = 6/2 =3.
Total breads stolen= 24+12+6+3 =45.
Still at the end there are 3 breads remaining what has
mentioned in the given question.
Hence no of breads initially are,48.

If we assume no of breads initially,x=63.
first person=31
second person=15
third person=7
fourth person=3
Breads stolen=31+15+7+3=56
Remaining breads=63-56=7
But in the question at the end there must be 3 breads
remaining,but in your logic 7 breads remaining,so 63 is
wrong one.
Is This Answer Correct ?    23 Yes 9 No
Surya Teja Challapalli
# 3
Well i guess 63 is right answer coz @Surya u have calculated
and just made half the breads evertime but u havent
considered the half the totle and also "half bread" !
Is This Answer Correct ?    13 Yes 4 No
Neel Bhatt
# 4
4ht person (3 + 1/2) * 2 = 7
3rd 7 + 1/2) * 2 = 15
ans 2nd = 31
when 1st person took - 63
Is This Answer Correct ?    16 Yes 9 No
# 5
Is This Answer Correct ?    20 Yes 15 No
Amuthan G
# 6
Neel is absolutely right.@Surya ,read d qs attentively.. 
Is This Answer Correct ?    5 Yes 2 No
# 7
total number of bread is =63
bcoz each thief stole half of total breads and half of a
single bread.
then 63 is right answer
Is This Answer Correct ?    5 Yes 2 No
# 8
at the end,total no of breads=3.
Let the no of breads in the bakery before 4th thief robbed
the bakery and after 3rd thief robbed=x.
Then x-(x/2+1/2)=3
=> x=7
similarly,no of breads in the bakery before 3rd thief ,2nd
thief and 1st thief robbed are 15,31 and 63 respectively.
So, total no of breads initially=No of breads before 1st
thief robbed=63.
Is This Answer Correct ?    4 Yes 2 No
R Jain
# 9
the last thief found "X" breads

remains: X/2 - 1/2 = 3
=> X = (3 + 1/2)*2 = 7
=> the correct answer = 63
Is This Answer Correct ?    2 Yes 0 No
# 10
ans 63 
Is This Answer Correct ?    1 Yes 0 No

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