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Problems from 2007

Last MondayIn 2007, January 1 falls on a Monday. When was the last year in which January 1 fell on a Monday? 

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Next MondayIn 2007, January 1 falls on a Monday. When will be the next year in which January 1 falls on a Monday? 

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Touching SquaresIf the plane is covered with an infinte checkerboard of identically sized squares, each square shares a border with four other squares. Show how to cover the plane with identically sized squares so that each square shares a border with six other squares? (Squares share a border when they their sides overlap in more than a single point.) 

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Colored SquaresIn the checkboard pattern each square is colored using one of two colors so that no two squares sharing a border have the same color. In the solution to Touching Squares, where each square shares a border with six other squares, what is the fewest number of different colors needed to color the squares so that no two squares sharing a border have the same color? 

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Missing CoinThe other day I was thirsty so I went to the soda machine to buy a drink. The sodas were 50¢s each. I took out all the coins in my pocket and even though I had more than 50¢s, I couldn't buy a soda! I did not have any half dollar or dollar coins in my pocket. What other coin was not in my pocket? 

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Unknown CoinsJoey went to his school's cookie sale and asked how much the cookies were. "I've collected $7.00 so far," said Katy, who was selling the cookies, "and everybody who has bought one has paid with either two or three coins. And exactly half the people who bought paid with two coins." Joey thought a little and said, "I know how much the cookies are!" What three coins did people pay Katy to buy their cookies? 

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Pizza SlicesOne pizza restaurant sells pizza slices in the shape of a triangle. The bottom side of the triangle is 5" and and the other two sides are 6 1/2". Another pizza restaurant sells square pieces. Each square is 4" by 4". Which restaurant sells the largest slices? 

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More Pizza SlicesA pizza restaurant makes a two types of pizza. One is in the shape of a circle and is 10" in diameter. The other is in the shape of a square which is 10" on a side. The circular pizza is cut into six slices, while the square pizza is cut in to eight slices. Which slices are larger, the ones from the circular pizza or the ones from the square pizza? 

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MeanModeThe mean of three positive integers (whole numbers) is 14 and the mode is 13. What are the numbers? 

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MedianModeMeanThe median of four positive integers is twice the mode. The mean of the numbers is twice the median. If all numbers are less than 20, what is the largest of the four numbers? 

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California License PlatesA standard California automobile license plate has a digit from 1 to 9, followed by three letters, followed by 3 digits from 0 to 9. Under these conditions, how many different plates are possible? 

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CA License PlatesHow many standard California license plates contain a C, an A, or both? 
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Eight CoinsUsing enough coins (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and halfdollars), it's possible to make any amount of money. For any amount less than one dollar, no more than eight coins is needed. 99¢ requires eight coins. Only one other amount requires eight coins. What is it? 

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Seven CoinsWhat is the smallest amount of money that cannot be made with fewer than seven coins? 

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A New CoinIn last month's problem we saw that it is possible to make any amount less than $1.00 using at most eight coins. Suppose US treasury stopped making halfdollars and instead adds a new coin with a different value. The new coin's value is be a multiple of 5¢, like the other nonpenny coins. Can you find a value for the new coin so that it would be possible to make any amount less than $1.00 with at most seven coins? 

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Another New CoinSuppose US treasury stopped making dimes and halfdollars. The values of US coins would then be 1¢, 5¢, and 25¢. The treasury adds a single new coin whose value is a multiple of 5¢. Can you find a value for the new coin so that it would be possible to make every amount less than $1.00 with at most eight coins? 

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Quick SumIn less than thirty seconds, determine which sum is larger: 

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Quick RemainderIn less than thirty seconds, what is the largest number that leaves the same remainder when divided into 85 and 97? 

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Who's Married?Peter, Bill, and Jane are friends. One of them is married, and the other two are single. When they are asked who is married, their responses are: Peter: Bill is married. If the one who is married is lying and the others are truthful, who is married? 

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Who's Single?Greg, Frank, Sally, and Patty are friends. One of them is single, and the rest are married. When they are asked who is single, their responses are: Greg: Frank is married. If the single person is lying and the rest are truthful, who is single? 

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