Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Sleight of Mind

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Sleight of Mind

Article excerpt

November's Irish jaunt puzzle was a difficult one, but you bankers have done well with it. Congratulations to al[ who answered it correctly. The right number was ten miles. (For more detail on the solution, go to PUZZLES on the magazine's website, www.ababj.com.) November was solved by Chris Wassmuth, customer service, Liberty First Bank, Liberty, Mo.; Troy Yount, commercial loan officer, S&T Bank, Indiana, Pa.; and Kathy Ewing, cash management manager, Fidelity Bank, Wichita, Kan.

To help keep your mind off January's chill, we have another teaser for you, called:

MONKEY/COCONUT PROBLEM

Five bankers decided to go on a fishing trip in the Caribbean. They were blown off course, and then shipwrecked on a tropical island. During the day they gathered coconuts, and put them into a pile. A friendly monkey joined them, climbing trees and throwing down coconuts. That night, Thomas J. Waldenheimer began to worry about the division of the coconuts the next day, fearing that there might be a fight. He decided to get up and hide his share. He divided the pile into five equal parts and had one (1) coconut left over which he gave to the monkey. …

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