Interesting Question of the Day – 24 April 2019

Peter the Piemaker is having people over and knows there will either be 7 or 8 people in attendance.

What is the fewest number of slices he needs to make sure everyone gets an equal amount of pie, regardless of whether there is 7 or 8 people there?

(The slices DON’T need to be the same size, as long as everyone gets the same amount of pie.)

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6 comments on “Interesting Question of the Day – 24 April 2019
  1. Travis Cragg says:

    How tall is the pie? The capability to make any number of horizontal slices (from zero upwards) affects the answer considerably.

    • iqtrivia says:

      We’re not talking about the number of times he needs to make a cut, but the number of slices that are needed.

      But we have done questions on unusual cake cutting strategies.

  2. Old Bill says:

    He cuts 8 equal sized pieces then cuts one of those 8 into 7 equal size but not necessarily same shape pieces. If 8 show up 7 get full size (i.e. 1/8 of the pie) pieces and one gets 7 little pieces adding up to one. If 7 show, they each get a single full size piece plus one of the little pieces. It would be simpler for him to wait and see who came in the door.

    • iqtrivia says:

      That is the fewest number of slices.

      And it’s also why you should RSVP. So these kind of slicing irregularities don’t happen.

  3. Nathan says:

    You don’t specify whether the whole cake needs to be eaten, so cutting it into 8 equal slices seems the simplest way. If the eighth person does not show up, then the seven who do get one equal slice each.

    However, I suspect you mean for the whole cake to go, in which case, cut the cake into eight, and cut the eighth slice into 7 equal slices. So if seven people, each gets a big slice and small. If eight show up, the eighth gets the seven small slices, which equals a big.

    • iqtrivia says:

      Yes, for the whole pie to go, you want 7 normal slices, and the 8th to be subsliced into seven pieces.

      Hey, if you turn up late after saying you “might” come, you get the weird tiny slices.