JUNE 1, 2002
A BEARTOWN MYSTERY
The Beartown Constable, on an occasional day off, decided to ride his horse to a neighboring town and participate in their annual rodeo. He wanted to arrive at exactly 1 PM for the jumping competition. Being very smart with mathematics he figured that if he rode at the rate of fifteen miles an hour he would arrive one hour too soon; and if he rode at the rate of ten miles an hour he would get there one hour too late.
the above information can you figure:
Check the next issue of Beartown News for the answer.
FROM LAST MONTH
"undesirable" from a neighboring town staged a night time robbery at The
"HERE'S the BEEF" Ranch. With the thousands of cattle it was next to
impossible to determine how many had been stolen. However, through
the excellent investigative techniques of the Beartown Constable, the
exact number was determined and all were eventually recovered.
Constable quickly figured out how many cattle had been stolen and how
many each purchaser had bought.
CAN YOU FIGURE IT OUT???
There had to have been 101 cattle that were stolen. The thief sold half the cows and half a cow (50 1/2 plus 1/2 equal 51), leaving 50; then he sold athird of these and a third of a cow (16 2/3 plus 1/3 equals 17). This leaves 33; and he sold a quarter of these plus three quarters of a cow (8 1/4 plus 3/4 equals 9) leaving 24. Then he sold 1/5 of these and 1/5 of a cow (4 4/5 plus 1/5 equals 5), which left 19 cows that he did not sell.
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