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Age 14 to 16 Short
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In Miss Quaffley's class, one third of the pupils take a teddy bear to school.

Last term, each boy borrowed 12 books from the library, each girl borrowed 17 books, and each teddy bear borrowed 9 books.

In total 305 books were borrowed.

How many girls are there in the class?




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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
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