### Brain Teasers

# Candy

A long time ago, candy was being sold at three prices: red candy at one for a penny, green candy at two for a penny, and blue candy at three for a penny. Some children (as many boys as girls) were given a total of seven pennies to spend on the candy. Each child received exactly the same value in candy. How many pieces of candy and what color candy did each child receive?

### Answer

There must have been three boys and three girls, each of whom received two pieces of blue candy priced at three for a penny, and one piece of green candy priced at two for a penny. The total cost of the candy would be exactly 7 cents.Hide Answer Show Answer

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## Comments

Why could there not have been 1 boy, and

one girl, each getting 7 pieces of

green?

one girl, each getting 7 pieces of

green?

Nov 07, 2001

or 7 boys and 7 girls each getting 1 piece of green

Or 1 boy and 1 girl each getting 3.5 cents

worth of candy (several combinations, ranging from

3 reds and a green each to 7 greens each).

worth of candy (several combinations, ranging from

3 reds and a green each to 7 greens each).

@ran@ What is going on?

Why did it put @ran@ before my comment???

There are a multitude of possibilities to this teaser....

If I was them, I'd buy 7 red.

What exactly is the question for answering this teaser?

If the question is how many combinations of candy can be purchased then then there are 8... that means 4 boys and 4 girls.

7 red

1 green 5 red

2 green 3 red

3 green 1 red

1 blue 4 red

2 blue 3 red

1 blue 1 green 2 red

1 blue 2 green

This teaser needs some attending to.

If the question is how many combinations of candy can be purchased then then there are 8... that means 4 boys and 4 girls.

7 red

1 green 5 red

2 green 3 red

3 green 1 red

1 blue 4 red

2 blue 3 red

1 blue 1 green 2 red

1 blue 2 green

This teaser needs some attending to.

How come there aren't 50 boys and 50 girls? How come there were 3 of each. This teaser needs some work, if it could somehow seggust that there were 6 children that would be good.

Why should it matter what the genders of the kids are?

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