The Judge read the Will patiently.
The Judge, after giving due thought, brought one Horse of his own and added the same to 17. That increased the total to 18 Horses.
Now, he started reading the deceased Man’s Will.
Half of 18 = 9. So he gave the eldest son 9 Horses
1/3rd of 18 = 6. So he gave the middle son 6 Horses
1/9th of 18 = 2. So he gave the youngest son 2 Horses.
Now add this up: 9 plus 6 plus 2 is 17 and this leaves one Horse, which the Judge took back!
Interesting, isn’t it??