MIXED-UP PILLS

 

A patient has fallen very ill and has been advised to take exactly one pill of medicine A and exactly one pill of medicine B each day. The two pills, which are indistinguishable, must be taken together. If they are not, the patient will die. The patient has bottles of A pills and B pills. She puts one of the A pills in her hand. Then while tilting the bottle of B pills, two B pills accidentally fall out. Now there are three pills in her hand. Because all the pills look identical, she cannot tell which two pills are type B and which is type A. Since the pills are extremely expensive, the patient does not wish to throw away the ones in her hand. How can she save the pills in her hand and still maintain a proper daily dosage?


MIXED-UP PILLS

 




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