A merchant can place 8 large boxes or 10 small boxes into a carton for shipping. In one shipment, he sent a total of 96 boxes. If there are more large boxes than small boxes, how many cartons did he ship?

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11 cartons total; 7 large boxes (7 * 8 = 56 boxes), 4 small boxes (4 * 10 = 40 boxes),11 total cartons and 96 boxes.

Mary has three coins of American currency. They are neither quarters, dimes, nor pennies, but they add up to 60 cents. What are they?

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A 50 cent and 2 nickels!

27 ducks are marching to the pond. 5 lose their way, 13 return, and 9 of them make it to the pond. What happens to the rest of them?

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None are remaining!( 27-5= 22, 22-13= 9, 9-9=0!!!)

In a certain country ½ of 5 = 3. Assuming the same proportion, what would be the value of 1/3 of 10 ?

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4

So you think you’re good at math? Complete the sequence: 1=3, 2=3, 3=5, 4=4, 5=4, 6=3, 7=5, 8=5, 9=4, 10=3, 11=?, 12=?

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6. That is the number of letters in the spelling of each number!

Jake weighs half as much as Joe, and John weighs three times as much as Jake. Together, they weigh 720 pounds. How much does each man weigh?

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If Joe weighs twice as much as Jake, and John three times as much, dividing their total weight by six gives us Jake’s weight (think x + 2x + 3x = 720). 720 divided by 6 tells us that Jake weighs 120 pounds, so Joe weighs 240 pounds and John weighs 360 pounds.

If you have 6 black socks, 4 blue socks, 8 brown socks, and 2 red socks in your sock drawer, what is the minimum number of socks that you need to pull out in the dark to be sure you had a matching pair?

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At least 5, so that at least one color has two socks!

You have a barrel of beer and you need to measure out just one gallon. How do you do this if you only have a three-gallon container and a five-gallon container?

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Fill the 3-gallon container with beer and pour it into the 5-gallon container. Then fill the 3-gallon container again and keep pouring it into the 5-gallon container till the latter is full to the brim. One gallon will be left in the 3-gallon container.

What would be the seventh rung of the following pyramid?

1

11

21

1211

111221

312211

13112221

(Psst! This is one of the best riddles and my personal favorite in this section – so, don’t let me down on this one!)

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1113213211. After the first line, each line describes the previous line as follows:

One 1

2 Ones

One 2, One 1

(and so on…)

I am an odd number; take away an alphabet and I become even. What number am I?

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7 (SEVEN-S=EVEN)