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El ladrón de naranjas

The orange thief

In the book El Señor del Cero by the author María Isabel Molina, we find the following mathematical problem, try to solve it and send us your comments!

A thief a basket of oranges

from the market he stole

and escaped through the orchards;

jumping over a fence,

half and a half he lost;

chased by a dog,

the lesser half abandoned;

stumbled on a rope,

half plus half scattered;

in his den, two dozen he kept.

Ye who seek wisdom,

tell us:

how many oranges did the thief steal?

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