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Lets us assume that you have a new job dividing the wine in open top barrels to equal one half a barrel each, the barrels have different amounts of wine in each one, the only tool you are given is a large dipping ladle. The wine barrels are smallones, the kind you see in the pirate movies where the sailors put them on their shoulders to carry them. How do you accomplish this job?

-- mitch hearn (moopups@citlink.net), November 16, 2001

If you can mix the wine, you can pour all the wine from one into other barrels so that you have at least one full barrel and one empty one. Then you ladel out half the full barrel into the empty one, counting the dipperfuls. Then you simply make sure each barrel has that many dipperfuls in it.

-- Cathy N. (keeper8@attcanada.ca), November 16, 2001.

The handle on the ladle should be long enough to dip into the wine and measure the depth. OR like Cathy said you empty a barrel and then FILL it up counting the dippers. After that put half as many in each empty barrrel to make half. Could then check it with dipper handle ;^} I'm sure though, Mitch, that there's probably a much easier way, right?

-- Debbie in S IL (dc1253@hcis.net), November 16, 2001.

Of coure there is Debbie.

-- mitch hearn (moopups@citlink.net), November 16, 2001.

Draw a line halfway down each barrel; either remove from or add to each barrel as needed to that level.

-- Cathy N. (keeper8@attcanada.ca), November 16, 2001.

With your only tool being a ladle, how do you draw a line? No measuring tape, how would you determine the halfway point? Can you get buzzed from wine fumes?

-- mitch hearn (moopups@citlink.net), November 16, 2001.

Just use the laddle to drink the wine out of both barrels and you wont care which has more!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Micheale from SE Kansas (mbfrye@totelcsi.net), November 16, 2001.

If these barrels are as small as the ones pirates carried on their shoulders, couldn't you just pick up the one with the most wine in it and pour an amount into the other, doing this back and forth until they are even? Why do you even have to use this laddle at all if the barrels are that small?

But, my hubby is saying something about this one, so I'm going to let him type in his response.

OK, borrowing from the above, I suggest pouring from one barrel to another to 'eyeball' them all (this is supposing there are more than two barrels as it is not specified) to about half full. This would determine first of all if you have enough or too much to achieve the goal. After reaching the 'eyeball half' use the laddle handle as was said earlier to measure more precisely. Then if there is too much wine to make them all half full, it is time to use the laddle to drink the excess.

-- Iris (Sar_India@msn.com), November 16, 2001.

Isee many angles of approach here, but no one has came close to the easiest, simplest way to do it and because it was a job I assumed you would think of the barrels as being many. Next time I ask this question I will not use the term ladle, but rather pitcher or mug. I stated the barrels were small ones so that the readers of this forum, mostly women could envision them being easy to handle. When I make these up it is really hard to cover all approaches.~~

-- mitch hearn (moopups@citlink.net), November 16, 2001.

Use a ladle to fill one up completely, counting ladle scoops as you go. Then, when the barrel is full, divide the number of ladle scoops by 2 and use that number to fill each barrel 1/2 full.

-- Cheryl in Ks (cherylmccoy@rocketmail.com), November 16, 2001.

I would rather do it the quicker easier way.

-- mitch hearn (moopups@citlink.net), November 16, 2001.

You close your eyes and meditate the water into the other barrels, and if that doesn't work, than we all stop our "whining" and find something better to do, like separate bottles of orange juice from the orange, only using a straw.

-- jillian (sweetunes483@yahoo.com), November 16, 2001.

Its becomming evening here so heres your sundown hint: the wine is only transfered from over half full barrels into less than half full barrels, no one is seeing my slant on this one.~~

-- mitch hearn (moopups@citlink.net), November 16, 2001.

Obveiously, this one is too steep a slope or too far fetched for you, that or no one has ever worked at a winery, your last and final hint is the top and the bottom of a wine barrel are the same size, I do not know how to draw you a picture on the puter but I can not give any more hints beyond revealing the total answer. ~~

Can any one tell me the name of the wavy lines (~ ~ ~)? I was told it is called a "tweer", is this correct?

-- mitch hearn (moopups@citlink.net), November 16, 2001.

I think it's called a tildy ~

As for the wine thing - my brain went to sleep a couple of hours ago, and now the rest of me is going to follow. Sweet dreams everybody!

-- Cheryl in KS (cherylmccoy@rocketmail.com), November 16, 2001.

It's tilde; in Spanish it goes over the 'n' to make the 'ny' sound. As in Se~n~orita, now I can't figure out how to get over the n instead of next to it. How do you do that?

I guess 'slope' is involved here with the answer. If there is exacly a half full barrel of wine you could tip it over a bit and there would be wine at the lip of the barrel and just covering the bottom; kind of a diagonal plane of wine within the barrel. Is this the easier way? Looks like some good wine could just get accidently sloshed out this way.

-- Debbie in S IL (dc1253@hcis.net), November 16, 2001.

Angle, slant, slope, yes Debbie, when you tilt the barrels so that the wine is just to the rim and can see the cresent shape of the bottom the barrel is under half full; if you cannot see the bottom, the barrel is over half full. Experienced winery workers can do this to within a couple of ounces per barrel. Thanx Cheryl, I found the word tilde in the dictionary as the name for these ~~~~, and am giving notice that they are incorporated in my hints and do have meaning.

-- mitch hearn (moopups@citlink.net), November 17, 2001.

I have a paper that tells you how to put accents over letters and turn exclamation points upside down. You use the alt key alt 173 makes the ¡ symbol alt 168 makes the ¿ alt 130 makes the é alt 144 makes the É alt 161 makes the í alt 164 makes the ñ alt 165 makes the Ñ alt 162 makes the ó alt 163 makes the ú this is for windows mackintosh is different and I have that if you need it. It helps if you press alt and use the number pad.

-- mindy (speciallady@countrylife.net), November 19, 2001.