Tantalizer 443: Roses, roses all the way
17 October 2018
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From New Scientist #994, 1st April 1976 [link]
Our local council recently planted some white rose bushes but they all died. So they replaced each bush with as many red rose bushes as they had originally planted white bushes. These all died too. Gritting their teeth, the replaced each red bush with as many yellow rose bushes as they had previously planted red bushes. This time they were luckier. Only as many yellow bushes died as red bushes had died before.
Moved by such dogged devotion to horticulture, twelve leading citizens offered to pay for all the surviving yellow bushes, provided that meant that each could pay for the same number of bushes. The Council have lost their record of the number of survivors and do not have the face to spend ratepayers’ money of getting them counted. Yet they would like to know whether they are in a position to accept the offer.
Can you help?