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Mathematics Problem Solving
Volume 6, Number 8, October 30, 2000

Halloween Problems

1. Pedro bought seven dozen candy bars to give out on Halloween night. He gave each trick-or-treater two candy bars. At the end of the night, he had 14 candy bars left. He gave candy bars to _______ trick-or-treaters.

2. How many ghosts
Are behind the haunted gate?
Fourteen times the sum
Of five and two and eight?
Not quite, divide that number
by two dozen divided by eight
And you will know the number
of ghosts behind the gate.

How many ghosts are behind the haunted gate?

3. Which is the greater number of pumpkins?

a. seven porches with eight pumpkins each
b. eight porches with seven pumpkins each
c. fifty-eight porches with one pumpkin each
d. one porch with five dozen pumpkins

4. Which statement is incorrect?

a. If you take eight with’s brooms that are each five feet long and lay them end to end, they will be forty feet long altogether.
b. One fourth of a pumpkin pie is 25% of a pumpkin pie.
c. One skeleton times one skeleton equals one skeleton.
d. Fifteen monsters minus fifteen monsters equals no monsters.


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