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Find all the triples of numbers a, b, c such that each one of them plus the product of the other two is always 2.

Not Continued Fractions

Which rational numbers cannot be written in the form x + 1/(y + 1/z) where x, y and z are integers?


Find the exact values of x, y and a satisfying the following system of equations: 1/(a+1) = a - 1 x + y = 2a x = ay

Black and White Socks

Age 14 to 16 Short Challenge Level:

There are 20 black socks and $n$ white socks in a drawer.

When a sock is taken from the drawer, the probability that it is white is $\dfrac{1}{n}$.

What is the value of $n$?

This problem is adapted from the World Mathematics Championships
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