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Age 14 to 16 Short Challenge Level:

On Monday the Pied Piper caught 1000 rats in a city.
On Tuesday he caught 10% fewer rats than on Monday.
On Wednesday he caught 20% more than on Tuesday.
On Thursday he caught 30% fewer than on Wednesday.
On Friday he rested.

How many rats did he catch in total that week?


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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
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