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Three Guernsey cows and two Holstein cows give as much milk in four days as two Guernseys and four Holsteins give in 3 days. Which breed produces more milk? Guernsey or Holstein?


Problem - 'Broken calculator' - Every time this calculator is turned on, it shows one of the above characters. But at it seems, the characters come in a pattern, which is described above. Which character is missing? There should be one coming after the 9th character!! It is totally different from the rest of the characters. What is that?


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Here's a jumbo triangle. With the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 , make all sides of the triangle equal, seventeen, then twenty. The first one is solved as a sample.




Use the letters A, B, C, E, F, G, H. and use the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 in the problem below to solve for A, B, C, E, F, G and H. As you can see all letters will have a unique number assigned but all numbers may not have a letter associated with them.

     A H B C F
+   E B F A F
 A G G H F E


     1 4 5 7 9
+   8 5 9 1 9
 1 0 0 4 9 8

About the Winner(s)

Anuhya Chorakavi is a fifth grader who lives in Framingham. She loves math, solving puzzles and reading books.

Shashank Mallick work as a software engineer in a CAD-CAE company. He enjoys sports, music, puzzles, and spending time with the three lovely girls in his life, his wife and two daughters.

Mukund Seshadri is a recent graduate of WPI and a member of Mensa. His thesis finds technical trading rules for stocks beating the S&P500 by atleast 2% over the last 12 years.

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