I put eggs into a basket in groups of 7 and noticed that I could
easily have divided them into piles of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 and always
have one left over. How many eggs were in the basket?
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of
the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
A and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the cogwheel A as the wheels rotate.
Our school dinners offer the same basic choice each day.
Starters: soup or fruit juice;
Main course: meat, fish, salad, chicken or curry;
Afters: crumble, cake or sponge
I change my choice for each course every day, trying each option in turn, going back to soup after fruit juice, to meat after curry and to crumble after sponge. Today, I shall sit down to soup, meat and crumble.
How many school dinners will I have eaten before I next sit down to the same combination?
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