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Mathematics Problem Solving
Volume 4, Number 17, January 19, 1999

Comparing Numbers


1. Cheryl has a nice Bean Bag Bugs collection. Cindy has twice as many Bean Bag Bugs as Cheryl. Joan also has a collection of the little fuzzy characters. She has 53 of them, which is five more than Cindy has. How many Bean Bag Bugs does Cheryl have?


2. Ryan is inventing a new drink. His first batch will be one quart (32 ounces) in volume. He’s mixing four ounces of grapefruit juice, two ounces of lemon juice, four times as much prune juice as lemon juice, two ounces of chocolate syrup, and skim milk. How much skim milk is he using in the first batch of his new drink?


3. Today is Melody’s birthday. She is thirty-five years old. Her sister, Robin, was sixteen years old when Melody was eleven. How old is Robin?


4. I am a mystery number. (It’s a mystery how I can speak and write!) I am larger than a dozen and less than two tens. I am a multiple of either 5, 6, 7, or 8 (I won’t tell you which!) Everyone says I am odd, but my feelings aren’t hurt. I am odd! What number am I?
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