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Age 11 to 14 Short Challenge Level:

A student bought 17 pencils for £1.44. He paid 2 pence more for each coloured pencil than for each plain pencil. How many of each kind did he buy at what price?

You can find more short problems, arranged by curriculum topic, in our short problems collection.