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This article is from the Puzzles FAQ, by Chris Cole chris@questrel.questrel.com and Matthew Daly mwdaly@pobox.com with numerous contributions by others.

95 combinatorics/coinage/dimes.p


"Dad wants one-cent, two-cent, three-cent, five-cent, and ten-cent
stamps. He said to get four each of two sorts and three each of the
others, but I've forgotten which. He gave me exactly enough to buy
them; just these dimes." How many stamps of each type does Dad want?
A dime is worth ten cents. -- J.A.H. Hunter

combinatorics/coinage/dimes.s

The easy way to solve this is to sell her three each, for
3x(1+2+3+5+10) = 63 cents. Two more stamps must be bought, and they
must make seven cents (since 17 is too much), so the fourth stamps are
a two and a five.

 

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