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Hugh Louis Dewey and the Last Will and Testament

The Puzzler


RAY: This just came in! The date on the letter is December, 2002. It's from Paul Mulick. Here we go:

Old Mr. Jones lay gasping on his deathbed, just as his wife-- his very young wife-- was about to give birth to their first child.

The family lawyer, Hugh Louis Dewey, was summoned so that Mr. Jones could recite his last will and testament-- because he's going to have a new member of the family.

Mr. Jones says to the lawyer, 'If my child is a boy, then I will leave 2/3 of my estate to my son, and 1/3 to my wife. If my child is a girl, then I leave 2/3 of my estate to my wife, and 1/3 to my daughter.'

I don't know why he chose to do this, but this is Mr. Jones, and it's his business.

So, Mr. Dewey creates the document on his laptop computer and prints it out, so Jones can sign it. Mr. Jones grips the pen weakly in his shaking hand. He applies his signature to the will, and then, lights out for Mr. Jones. He croaks.

TOM: Twins?

RAY: How'd you guess? Moments later, with the help of the attending midwife, Mrs. Jones gives birth to twins. One boy and one girl.

If you are Hugh Louis Dewey, how would you divide the estate?

Think you know? Drop Ray a note!

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