Here’s a neat little math brainteaser:
A country store owner had two rival assistants, who both prided themselves on their rapidity in serving customers. The young man on the grocery side of the store could weigh up 2 one-pound parcels of sugar per minute, while the young man on the drapery side of the store could cut 3 one-yard lengths of cloth in the same time. Their employer, one slow day, set them a race, giving the grocer a barrel of sugar and telling him to weigh up 48 one-pound parcels of sugar while the draper divided a roll of 48 yards of cloth into yard pieces. The two men were interrupted together by customers for 9 minutes, but the draper was disturbed 17 times as long as the grocer. What was the result of the race?
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