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You've got someone working for you for seven days and a gold bar to pay them. The gold bar is segmented into seven connected pieces. You must give them a piece of gold at the end of every day. If you

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You've got someone working for you for seven days and a gold bar to pay them. The gold bar is segmented into seven connected pieces. You must give them a piece of gold at the end of every day. If you are only allowed to make two breaks in the gold bar, how do you pay your worker?
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For the first break. Break it into a 3 chunk piece and a 4 chunk piece. Then break the 3 chunk into 2 and 1.

On day 1 give the 1 piece.
On day two trade the 2 for the 1.
On day three give the 1 again.
On day four trade the 4 for the 1 and 2.
Etc etc
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