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Aardvark to Beeville

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Puzzle ID:#1354
Fun:*** (2.3)
Difficulty:** (1.6)
Submitted By:psychodude57****




A man drove from Aardvark to Beeville. On the first day he travelled 1/3 of the distance. On day two he travelled 1/2 of the remaining distance. On day three he travelled 2/3 of the remaining distance. On day four, after covering 3/4 of the remaining distance, he was still 5 miles away from Beeville. How many miles had he covered so far?

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175 miles.

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Jul 17, 2003

I come up with 180 several times. Could you or anyone show me where this answer comes from?
Aug 13, 2003

The total distance is 180 miles. So he has travelled 175 miles so far.
Aug 13, 2003

Oops, forgot the last 5 miles in the puzzle. My bad.
Jul 15, 2004

What is he driving? A horse and buggy?
Mar 21, 2005

Yay I got it!
Feb 08, 2009

Pretty simple in my head. 2/3 x 1/2 x 1/3 x 1/4 = 1/36. So 5 is 1/36 and traveled distance is 5x35=175.

Apr 04, 2009

You see kiddies, from Java's answer, that because the numerical fact given is 5 km remainin,g that the easy way to do it is to work on the fraction REMAINING rather rather than the fraction travelled. Voila!

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