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Inches and Barleycorns

Age 14 to 16 Short Challenge Level:


Yards, furlongs, inches, cubits, chains and barleycorns are all imperial measures of length.

There are 220 yards in a furlong and 36 inches in a yard. There are 44 cubits in a chain and 54 barleycorns in a cubit. 1 furlong is the same as 10 chains.

How many barleycorns are there in an inch?



This problem is adapted from the World Mathematics Championships
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