# How many eggs are there in the basket? [closed]

There is a basket of eggs. The remainder is

• $1$ when we put the eggs in groups of $2$.
• $2$ when we put the eggs in groups of $3$.
• $3$ when we put the eggs in groups of $4$.
• $4$ and $5$, respectively, when we put the eggs in groups of $5$ and $6$.

How many eggs are there in the basket?

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## closed as off-topic by heropup, 91500, user1551, Laurent Duval, tomaszJul 14 at 14:17

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I see you've made at least 5 questions on this MSE, but you accepted only one of the answers given to you. You should accept your favorite answer. – Git Gud Jan 14 '13 at 16:13
@GitGud perhaps they were not suitable answers? – TheGreatDuck Jul 14 at 1:19
@TheGreatDuck If that's the case, my comment was unwarranted. – Git Gud Jul 14 at 22:30
@GitGud also, I have some pretty infamous questions with ten plus answers. No particular answer stood out, so I chose to not accept specifically because I wanted it to be clear that all the answers were equally sufficient, and equally engaging Tldr - not all questions can necessarily choose one answer to accept due to their nice diversity. – TheGreatDuck Jul 14 at 23:30
@TheGreatDuck I didn't want to fully explain the situation, but since you took the time to dissect this, let me do it too. Firstly, I take back what I said about my comment being unwarranted because I said the OP should accept their favorite answer - this is pretty obvious that they should do on the assumption that there is favorite answer, otherwise my comment talks about something which doesn't exist, it's meaningless. (Continues). – Git Gud Jul 15 at 17:59

Hint. If you have $n$ eggs, then $n+1$ is divisible by $2$, $3$, $4$, $5$, and $6$.

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59 eggs.

LCM of 2,3,4,5 and 6 is 60 which is divisible by 1,2,3,4,5 and 6. so if 1

is subtracted the required result is obtained which is 59. so at least

59 eggs is the answer.

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Good answer but please add more detail as to why subtracting 1 provides the appropriate number. Maybe point out that it is 59 + 60K as well, where k is any integer. - from first post review – TheGreatDuck Jul 14 at 1:21
@TheGreatDuck $k$ cannot be any integer, as $60 k + 59$ must be nonnegative (it's the number of eggs). – Rodrigo de Azevedo Jul 14 at 2:33
@RodrigodeAzevedo That kinda goes without saying... We are obviously talking about positive numbers here. – TheGreatDuck Jul 14 at 2:38

Since this question is over three years old, why not just give the solution? In Haskell:

λ take 10 $filter (\n->(rem n 2==1) && (rem n 3==2) && (rem n 4==3) && (rem n 5==4) && (rem n 6==5)) [1..] [59,119,179,239,299,359,419,479,539,599]  Hence, the number of eggs is in the set$\{ 60 m - 1 \mid m \in \mathbb N^+ \}$. What is so special about$60\$?

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