Saturday, December 11, 2004

Tony and George

George Bush and Tony Blair were enjoying an expensive glass of apple juice in their local cafe when an odd mathematical situation occurred. The waiter brought them the bill for a whole number of US$consisting of four odd numbers.

"Hey", remarked the White House incumbent, "this bill is for exactly nine times too much".
"No worries", replied the denizen of Downing Street, "Just cross out the first digit and it's correct." And, being known as Teflon Tony, he was of course right. What did they pay?


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Call the first digit of the false bill D, the true bill $N
then false bill = 9 * true bill
1000*D + N = 9*N
N = 125*D

Try D=1,3,5,7,9
only D=3 gives solution in range and all odd numbers
$3375 = 9*$375

December 16, 2004 at 1:00 PM  

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