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Math brain teasers require computations to solve.
What three digit number is 29 times as large as its last two digits? There is only one answer.
HintSome number ending in X, times 29, equals some number ending in X again.
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Answer
725. 725/25 = 29.
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calmsavior
Oct 01, 2006
 yay first comment.
this teaser is okay. 
stil
Oct 02, 2006
 Good but points off for not showing the math.
Y is two digit number.
X is three digit number.
X + Y = 29 * Y
X = 28 * Y
Some might see that the only single digit factors of 28 are 2, 4, and 7, then quickly realize that X = 700... Most will realize that for X to end in zeroes Y must be a multiple of 5, then quickly get to Y = 25. 
stil
Oct 03, 2006
 I might also spell out that X is a number in even hundreds such that X + Y is the three digit number sought. 
lessthanjake789
Oct 03, 2006
 yeah, i figured as much from your explanation. yeah, i dont think this is a particularly hard teaser, but i also sometimes like being able to just narrow stuff down by logic. I actually got a problem like this on the AMC12, which is this allimportant math test for high school seniors in America, and it wasnt jsut getting the answer, but being able to get it quickly so as to move on to the other problems. once the basics are understood (and you laid them out differently, but neatly enough), its really quite easy. 
pating
Oct 17, 2006
 if you know your math, this could be an easy teaser. but for those average ones, this could be quite hard; solving a problem involving 2 variables with just 1 equation?but if you also know your logic, you will arrive at the correct answer.
of course, i know my math and i know my logic, so got it right! 
qwertyopiusa
Nov 23, 2006
 What's the problem with guys like "pating"??
He is always critizicing and telling us how easy he did it (but never giving any solution).
...And the worse is that in general he is wrong!... (read his comments at "Reversible Exponents") 
pating
Jun 20, 2007
 Well, here's my solution:
let x = last 2 digits of the 3digit number
let y = hundreds digit of the 3digit number
100y + x = 29x
100y = 28x
To find the value of x, 100y must be a 3digit number that is a multiple of 100. Just substitute any digit (0 to 9) to y and check if 100y is exactly divisible by 28. only y = 7 will satisfy those conditions. From there, you can solve for x = 100(7)/28 = 25. So your 3digit number is 725.
Sorry if I offended anyone with my comment but it was never my intention. And I'd be glad (maybe not THAT glad) if my solutions be proven wrong (not just on this teaser, but on the others as well). Coz it would only mean 1 thing, that I got to learn something new! 
javaguru
Jan 14, 2009
 I didn't both with an equation. The last two digits of the number had to be less than 1000/29 and end in either 0 or 5. Immediately 25 suggested itself since 25 repeats as the last two digits in its products every 8th multiple. Didn't even need to check it since (8x+5) * 25 will end in 25 and 29 = (8*3)+5.
I just took it on faith the this was the only solution since the problem stated that.

eighsse
Sep 11, 2013
 Great teaser!
@javaguru: 25 repeats as the last two digits in every 4th of its multiple. 
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