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Stage: 3 Short Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Let the value of a green note and the value of a blue note be $g$ zogs and $b$ zogs respectively. Then $3g + 8b = 46$ and $8g + 3b = 31$. Adding these two equations gives $11g + 11b = 77$, so $b + g = 7$.

Therefore $3g + 3b = 21$. Subtracting this equation from the original equations in turn gives $5b = 25$ and $5g = 10$ respectively. So $b = 5$, $g = 2$ and $2g + 3b = 19$.

This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.