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Sweatybeard the Pirate

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Puzzle ID:#3961
Fun:*** (2.22)
Difficulty:*** (2.21)
Submitted By:mad-adeAhu***
Corrected By:boodler




Sweatybeard the pirate was counting his latest haul of treasure which consisted of rings, necklaces and earrings. There are 26 items altogether. He has 2 and a half times as many rings as necklaces and the number of pairs of earrings is 4 less than the number of rings.
How many earring does Sweatybeard have?

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Aug 10, 2002

There seems to be a flaw in the statement of the
problem. When I solved it as posed, I got 8.5 earrings, 12.5 rings, and 5 necklaces,
which makes sense algebraically but not physically.
Given the answer, it seems that it should read "the number of *pairs*
of earrings is 4 less than the number of rings", so
that there are 12 earrings, 10 rings, and 2 necklaces.

Aug 10, 2002

Sorry, I took it as read that earing come in pairs
Sep 07, 2002

When I started on this I assumed earrings came in pairs, then remembered we were talking about a pirate, who only wears one earing, then remembered we were not talking about his personal earing but those he had in his ownership. It might have made it clearer to state, but when my brain finaly got itself together (a rare event today!)there was no poblem.
Oct 26, 2002

madade, y'think you have enough teasers?
Aug 16, 2003

obviously not

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