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Schools Mathematics Grand Challenge

Week one's Puzzles

Problem 1:

Read the following rhyme carefully and then answer the question below.

As I was going to St. Ives
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
kits, cats, sacks and wives,
how many, in total, did I meet while going to St. Ives?

(You need to give the grand total (one number) of kits+cats+sacks+wives)

Problem 2:

Fifteen years ago, my mother's age was three times my age. She is now twice my age. What age am I now?


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