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# Potatoes

Gary began peeling a pile of 44 potatoes at the rate of 3 per minute. Four minutes later, Christen joined him, and peeled at the rate of 5 potatoes per minute. When they were finished, how many potatoes had each peeled?

### Answer

Gary:24Christen:20

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## Comments

Ham, this was a wonderful teaser. Took me back to math class. In fact I had to get my daughter to help me figure out what I was doing wrong!

Thanks

Good one hamburger!

Nice one but too easy for my blood!

good one but quite easy

good one but quite easy

And I thought I was good in math

Good one, a bit easy, keep them coming

I remember reviewing this one. I like it, nice and easy.

Short; sweet; easy; fun. Thanks

...and i thought i was good @ math O well my mind is off for the weekend i gess. hmmmm...

i dont care i AM good at math

i love math ..that was a great teaser

i think I should do problems like these every night before I do my math homework so I don't cry during calculus. Anyway, yes, I am a math nerd and enjoyed this

fun

RATS,I MEAN POTATOES, I WAS A EYE OR TWO OFF. KEEP THESE COMING IT KEEPS BASIC PEOPLE ON THERE TOES. I LIKED IT HAMSEY. GREAT JOB.

Very easy and fun.

I thought I was going to have to solve some simultanious equasions - that would have made it more interesting - let's make it a bit tougher next time, but thanks anyway.

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Easy but, woke me up! Got my brain working at 5am

That was a good teaser not too simple not too difficult I< spud> right through it

Keep them coming

Easy, but helped wake me up before I had my coffee.

This was challenging enough for me, I got it without writing or using the calculator, but that is the very edge of my math ability, especially with doing it in my head. I noticed you didn't say that they both peeled until all potatos were gone. Had fun, Thanks!

Im not into math, not my thing...but good teaser nonetheless. Good job!

I like easy ones, but this one was TOO easy.

I thought it was fun! Thanks for submitting

Enjoyed being taken way back to my highschool algebra "Story Problem" days. Easy but fun!!!!!

this was a good teaser~ thanks!

Nice and easy, just the way I like my math!

boring boring boring not a cool one!!!

boring boring boring not a cool one!!!

more of a math problem, than a teaser. but still pretty good. i got it!

Nice one!

mabey if i wasnt so dumb i couldve got it!!oh well

Too too easy, but it wasn't completely boring.

I had had gotten 22 each?????? Oh well....

ha everybody above doesn't have any special symol

neither do i

every body above doesn't have any special symbol :

so i gess it dosnt sho them

Made me hungry!

Easy as ABC!!!!!!!! But still fun

No offense, but this one was too easy! I read it over a couple of times trying to see if I caught a trick in there or something, but there was none. I worked it out and bada-bing... correct answer! Challenge us!

BESIDES, WHEN ALL THE POTATOS WHERE PEELED, WHEN DID THEY FINISH?

ELEMENTARY. HOW ABOUT SOME A LITTLE MORE CHALLENGING.

ALSO WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME OF THE FORM THE MAN THE CHICKEN THE FOX AND A BAG OF GRAIN

ELEMENTARY. HOW ABOUT SOME A LITTLE MORE CHALLENGING.

ALSO WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME OF THE FORM THE MAN THE CHICKEN THE FOX AND A BAG OF GRAIN

most of the math puzzles on this site are so hard that they made me doubt my math skills. Thanks hamburger for reassuring me.

your welcome

I when were they finshed.

When were they finshed

easy

I liked it. It was just hard enough to challenge me and made me feel smart when I got it.

Glad to hear it!

i still don't understand the question... i mean... don't you have to put how long it took for both of them to finish the potatos??????

That wasnt the question asked.

easy as abc indeed!!!

That was extremely easy, but I LOVE MATH so any opportunity to play with numbers if fun.

So What, I am not so good with Math problems. I did not see Christan's time, or his rate, subtracted from principle is his tally and the remaining is Gary's. Soooooooooo. What?????????

I was so lost I didnt know where to start I guess Im not to good @t math good one though

um yeah i kinda am not good at math, good one thoguh burger

im not very good at math but that was a good one!! it was short and fun

This teaser was way too easy.

This rocked Hamburger! I LOVE word problems!

oh no! i misunderstood the question. Not that i would have got it anyway i suppose oh well it was good

good one!

This is too easy.

Gary peels 12 potatoes in 3 minutes, to there are 32 left when Christen comes along. Together, they peel 8 potatoes per minute, so it takes 4 minutes to finish the 32 remaining potatoes. Each minute, Christen peels 2 more than Gary, so at the end Christen has peeled 8 more than Gray out of the 32 potatoes. So Gary peeled (32 - / 2 = 12 and Christen peeled 32 - 12 = 20. Hence, the final answer is Gary: 12 + 12 = 24 and Christen: 20.

Gary peels 12 potatoes in 3 minutes, to there are 32 left when Christen comes along. Together, they peel 8 potatoes per minute, so it takes 4 minutes to finish the 32 remaining potatoes. Each minute, Christen peels 2 more than Gary, so at the end Christen has peeled 8 more than Gray out of the 32 potatoes. So Gary peeled (32 - / 2 = 12 and Christen peeled 32 - 12 = 20. Hence, the final answer is Gary: 12 + 12 = 24 and Christen: 20.

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