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Flora the Florist

Age 14 to 16 Short
Challenge Level

Flora the florist has $24$ white, $42$ red and $36$ yellow roses.

What is the greatest number of identical bunches she can make that uses all of the flowers?


This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
You can find more short problems, arranged by curriculum topic, in our short problems collection.