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« on: December 14, 2017, 09:38:56 AM »

I was listening to radio 4 while driving this morning and there was a quiz question.

A baker makes a batch of mince pies.
Someone buys 3/4 of them for a party.
Someone buys half the remaining amount and then buys 7 more.
Someone buys the last 9.

How many were there in total?

I'm crap at maths but I came up with 128, and then the programme ended and they didn't tell me if I was right or wrong.



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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2017, 10:04:15 AM »


I think you are correct, 128.
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« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2017, 10:05:36 AM »

just eat the pies Tom, leave the complicated stuff to the wizards.
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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2017, 11:15:21 AM »

From the title I thought this was going to be another thread about Tom losing his glasses.
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2017, 11:53:19 AM »

From the title I thought this was going to be another thread about Tom losing his glasses.

I see.
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2017, 01:37:35 PM »

Please remember mince pies are not just for Christmas.
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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2017, 02:04:07 PM »

Please remember, a turkey is not for life, it's just for Christmas.
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2017, 02:06:34 PM »

Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?
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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2017, 10:23:51 PM »

I was listening to radio 4 while driving this morning and there was a quiz question.

A baker makes a batch of mince pies.
Someone buys 3/4 of them for a party.
Someone buys half the remaining amount and then buys 7 more.
Someone buys the last 9.

How many were there in total?

I'm crap at maths but I came up with 128, and then the programme ended and they didn't tell me if I was right or wrong.





1 - (3/4) = 1/4
1/4 * 1/2 = 1/8
1/8 - 7 = 9
1/8 = 7+9 = 16
Total = 16 * 8 = 128
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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2017, 10:08:26 AM »

This assumes that the person bought 7 more from the same baker scared
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« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2017, 10:29:53 AM »

This assumes that the person bought 7 more from the same baker scared



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« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2017, 03:19:20 PM »

There is a problem with the question.

Someone bought 23 mince pies, instead of 24 or 20?

When has anyone ever done that?

I don't believe this actually happened.
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« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2017, 05:48:58 PM »

Take the numbers 1 to 9 in numerical order and put either a plus sign, a minus sign or nothing between the digits to break the string of numbers down into a sum that adds up to 100.

What is the fewest number of pluses and minuses you need to do this? (Apparently it's less than 6)
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« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2017, 07:51:16 PM »

Take the numbers 1 to 9 in numerical order and put either a plus sign, a minus sign or nothing between the digits to break the string of numbers down into a sum that adds up to 100.

What is the fewest number of pluses and minuses you need to do this? (Apparently it's less than 6)

Is it five?  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2017, 07:59:10 PM »

Take the numbers 1 to 9 in numerical order and put either a plus sign, a minus sign or nothing between the digits to break the string of numbers down into a sum that adds up to 100.

What is the fewest number of pluses and minuses you need to do this? (Apparently it's less than 6)

Is it five?  Roll Eyes


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