Solved: A thief steals a number of rare plants from a nursery. On the way out, the thief

Chapter 1, Problem 94

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A thief steals a number of rare plants from a nursery. On the way out, the thief meets three security guards, one after another. To each security guard, the thief is forced to give one-half the plants that he still has, plus 2 more. Finally, the thief leaves the nursery with 1 lone palm. How many plants were originally stolen?

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