Puzzle #2: Milkman and the three jars

Milkman Puzzle: A milkman has three jars of the following sizes – 8 liters, 5 liters and 3 liters. The 8 liter jar is full of milk, and the 5 liter and the 3 liter jars are empty. He reaches a house and the woman of the house asks for 4 liters of milk. Unfortunately, the milkman has no 4 liter jar and has no additional markings in the existing jars to be able to figure out how to give the woman 4 liters. He also cannot borrow anything from the woman. Can you help the milkman?

Age Group: 8 years and above

Source: I do not know the source of this puzzle. My father asked me this puzzle when I was small.

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4 Responses to Puzzle #2: Milkman and the three jars

  1. This probably is bit simple so not sending answer 🙂 Seems, we are just warming up for challenging ones in future!

  2. Are you going to post the answers at all? I might have an answer to this…… not so sure though

  3. Alok Goyal says:

    Lot of people have sent me answers to this puzzle which are incorrect and hence I thought that this deserved a clarification from my side. Please note that you cannot separate 2 liters and “hand it over” to the lady in “her container”. You need to separate 4 liters directly from the 3 available containers only. There is no 4th container belonging to the lady.

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