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Hindu, ca. 1150


Arjuna, exasperated in combat, shot a quiver of arrows to slay Carna.
With half his arrows he parried those of his antagonist;
with four times the square root of the quiverful he killed his horse;
with six arrows he slew Salya (Carna’s charioteer);
with three he demolished the umbrella, standard, and bow;
and with one he cut off the head of his foe.

How many were the arrows which Arjuna let fly?

Solution:

Source: Bhaskara