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Distribution of the mangoes

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Of a collection of mango fruits, the king took 1/6; the queen 1/5 the remainder, and the three princes took 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2 (of the same remainder); and the youngest child took the remaining 3 mangoes.  O you who are clever in miscellaneous problems on fractions, give out the measure of that collection of mangoes. (Mahavira, India, c. 850)

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"Distribution of the mangoes," Loci (March 2006)

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