Sleight of Mind

By Nielsen, Lillian | ABA Banking Journal, December 2006 | Go to article overview

Sleight of Mind


Nielsen, Lillian, ABA Banking Journal


October's puzzle--trying to figure out how big Art Otto's fish was--went quite well. We had a record turnout of dose to 70 answers. The first three correct replies came from: Stephan H. Witt, sr. vice-president, Centrex Bank, N.H; Ernesto A. Lopez, National Bank of Pakistan, New York, N.Y., and Dennis P. Heishman, president and CEO, Old Northern Bank, Louisville Region, Louisville, Ky.

It seems that Art's trout was a big one. As you wilt recall, we were told that when asked, Art's answer was: "Let us suppose the tail weighs nine ounces, the head as much as the tail and haft the body, and the body weighs as much as the head and tail together."

It weighed 72 oz which is 4 1/2 pounds! The tail weighed g ounces. The head 27 ounces and the body was 36 ounces, for a total of 72 ounces. Then, dividing 72 by 16 (the number of ounces to a pound), you arrive at 4.5 pounds, which is a good sized trout. Most solved it using algebra, showing how it can be used, white another used Excel to get the same answer! …

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