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FOO + TPR + INT = FOOTPRINT
SOM + EWH + ERE = SOMEWHERE
PIN + EAP + PLE = PINEAPPLE
TEC + HNI + QUE = TECHNIQUE
REF + ERE + NCE = REFERENCE
PRO + FES + SOR = PROFESSOR
BIO + GRA + PHY = BIOGRAPHY
CLO + CKW + ISE = CLOCKWISE
BAR + OME + TER = BAROMETER
Puzzle 115
The local library decided to hand out some of its old books to its 1400 borrowers.
To each of the female borrowers they gave 6 books and to each male borrower they gave 4 books.
If only half of the females in town and three quarters of the males in town accepted the books, how many books were given away?
Hint: It didn't matter how many male or female borrowers there were.
Answer: 4200 books.
It doesn't matter how many female borrowers there were as 1/2 of the females accepted the books, and those that did accepted 6 books, which is 3 books per female on average.
Similarly it doesn't matter how many male borrowers there were as 3/4 of the males accepted 4 books each, which is again 3 books each.
So both the males and females accepted, on average, 3 books each. And 1400 * 3 = 4200.
Puzzle 116
At dawn on Monday a snail fell into a bucket that was 12 inches deep.
During the day it climbed up 3 inches, however, during the night it fell back 2 inches.
On what day did the snail finally manage to climb out of the bucket?
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Hint: The answer isn't 12 days.
Answer: The following Wednesday, nine days later.
At dawn on Monday the snail was at the bottom. Each day it climbed 3 inches, and dropped 2 inches over night, so at the start of the next day it was 1 inch higher, so:
The snail then climbed the remaining 3 inches during Wednesday, and escaped.
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