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    Q.A thief steals half the total no of loaves of bread plus 1/2
    loaf from a bakery. A second thief steals half the remaining
    no of loaves plus 1/2 loaf and so on. After the 5th thief
    has stolen there are no more loaves left in the bakery. What
    was the total no of loaves did the bakery have at the beginning

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    31 is the answer...

    let y be the total no. of loaves
    a be the remaining loaves after 1st thief
    b be the remaining loaves after 2nd thief
    .
    .
    e = 0 be the remaining loaves after 5th thief

    solution:
    a = y - 0.5y - 0.5
    = 0.5y - 0.5
    b = a - 0.5a - 0.5
    = 0.5a - 0.5
    c = 0.5b - 0.5
    d = 0.5c - 0.5
    e = 0.5d - 0.5 but e = 0,
    thus,
    d = 1
    c = 3
    b = 7
    a = 15
    y = 31 -> answer



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