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## ARITH-maze puzzle

Go to START and proceed through this numeric maze, following instructions until you get to the FINISH box. What number did you finish with? |

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##### Last month's solutions

## Puzzle One

What number should be subtracted from 13/12 to get 12/13?

**Solution:**

Let n = number needed

(13/12 – n) = 12/13

12(13/12 – n) = 12(12/13)

13 – 12n = 144/13

-12n = 144/13 – 13(13/13) =

– 12n =144/13 – 169/13) = -25/13

n = 25 / (13*12)

n = 25/156

Checking: (13/12) – (25/156) = (169/156) – (25/156) = 144/156 =12/13

## Puzzle Two

Container A holds 5 times as much milk as Container B. After 1.25 litres of milk from Container A is poured into Container B, both containers have the same amount of milk. How much milk did each container hold at first?

** Solution:**

Let container B contain x litres of milk

Then, container A contains 5x litres of milk

After 1.25 litres of milk from container A is poured into container B, both containers have the same amount of milk or

(5x – 1.25) = (x + 1.25); 4x = 2.5; x = 0.625 litres

Therefore at first, container B had 0.625 litres of milk and

container A had 0.625 x 5 = 3.125 litres of milk.

## Puzzle Three

There are some people on a boat. 48 get off the boat at the first stop. 62 people get on the second stop and half that is on the boat got off at the third stop. Now there are 73 people on the boat. How many people were on the boat prior to the first stop?

** Solution: **

Let x = number of people on the boat prior to its 1st stop.

Then, (on prior to 1st stop) – (off after 1st stop) + (on at 2nd stop) – (off after 3rd stop) = (on after 3rd stop)

Therefore, x – 48 + 62 – ½ (x – 48 + 62) = 73

x – 48 + 62 – ½ x + 24 – 31 = 73

½ x = 73 + 48 – 62 – 24 + 31 = 66

x = 66 * 2 = 132 people on the boat prior to the first stop.

## Puzzle Four

King Tut died 120 years after King Eros was born. Their combined ages when they died was 100 years. King Eros died in the year 40 B.C. In what year was King Tut born?

**Answer: **

King Tut was born in 20 B.C.

**Solution: **

There were 120 years between the birth of King Eros and the death of King Tut, but since their combined ages amounted to only 100 year, there must have been 20 years (120 – 100) when King Tut did not exist. This would be a period between the death of King Eros, 40 B.C., and the birth of King Tut, year 20 B.C.