Bear News Beartown News

JANUARY 1, 2002


Three volumes of a set of books, all identical in size, were arranged on a bookshelf in the following order. Volume 1 (being pulled out) was on the left, Volume 2 (green) in the middle, and Volume 3 (yellow) on the right. The front and back covers of the books were each 1/8 inch thick. The pages of each book were exactly 3 inches thick. A bookworm bored a hole straight from the first page of Volume 1 to the last page of Volume 3. How far did the bookworm travel?


Check the next issue of Beartown News for the answers.

From Last Month

Last summer the Beartown Town Manager contracted with two individuals, Ely Barrons and Alva Parker, to construct wooden planter boxes on Main Street. Each contractor was to build the same number of planters. One was to build on the north side of Main Street and the other on the south side.
Ely arrived at daylight and started his project. By the time Alva came to start at 10AM, Ely had built 4 boxes. Alva quickly pointed out that Ely had not built the boxes on the side of the street that he was contracted for. Ely then crossed the street and began building boxes on the side of Main Street that he was contracted for.
When Alva finished his side of the street he crossed over and built 2 boxes for Ely and the project was fully completed.
The Town Manager wanted to pay each contractor for the actual amount of work they had done. He called on the Constable to decide
(1) which man had built the most planters and (2) how many more did he build than the other man?


(1) Ely built the most planters. (2) Ely built 4 more planters than Alva.


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