Thanks to Bilbao for providing this cool math problem!
I have 3 friends at home whom I want to surprise with a magic trick: Albert, Brian, Charles.
I place 3 objects on a table in front of them: an apple, a biscuit, and a carrot. I also lay on the table a plate with 24 hazelnuts.
I give Albert 1 hazelnut from the plate. I give 2 to Brian and 3 to Charles.
I tell them that I will leave the room, and while I’m out, they must choose among the objects and keep one each without my knowledge. I also tell them that:
The person who takes the apple must take as many hazelnuts as I gave him in the beginning.
The person who takes the biscuit must take twice the amount of hazelnuts I gave him in the beginning.
The person who takes the carrot must take four times the hazelnuts I gave him in the begining.
Finally, I tell them to eat all the hazelnuts they have with them. I go out of the room. Upon coming back in, I find 6 hazelnuts on the plate.
Who took the carrot?
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