Jon's MENSA Question of the Day--posted by JRJ on 7/14/2006
Today is Bastille Day, the French nation holiday, so this question is in honor of the French people's love of good food.
Pierre stopped at his favorite wine shop to buy a bottle of Sauternes for the celebration. He spent half of what he had plus $2.00 for a very special bottle of Chateau d'Yquem. Then he spent half of what he had left plus $4.00 for a small tin of foie gras. Then he stopped at his favorite bakery and bought brioches to spread the foie gras on, and spent half of what he had left, plus $4.00. At that point, he had $2.00 left, with which he bought a small bottle of digestive medicine, just in case. How much did he have to begin with?