Pens cost 15p each,
Pencils cost 8p each.
Samantha spent 77p altogether.
How many pens and pencils did she buy?
Dishes cost £1.37 each,
Plates cost £1.71 each.
Ava spent £9.24 on dishes and plates.
How many of each did she buy?
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Sandwiches cost £1.71 each,
Drinks cost £1.87 each.
Ashley spent £89.07 on sandwiches and drinks.
How many of each did she buy?
[Assume that they bought at least one of each of the items above.]
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A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  
1  Sandwiches  
2  Drinks  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10 
3  1  £3.58  £5.29  £7.00  £8.71  £10.42  £12.13  £13.84  £15.55  £17.26  £18.97 
4  2  £5.45  £7.16  £8.87  £10.58  £12.29  £14.00  £15.71  £17.42  £19.13  £20.84 
5  3  £7.32  £9.03  £10.74  £12.45  £14.16  £15.87  £17.58  £19.29  £21.00  £22.71 
6  4  £9.19  £10.90  £12.61  £14.32  £16.03  £17.74  £19.45  £21.16  £22.87  £24.58 
7  5  £11.06  £12.77  £14.48  £16.19  £17.90  £19.61  £21.32  £23.03  £24.74  £26.45 
8  6  £12.93  £14.64  £16.35  £18.06  £19.77  £21.48  £23.19  £24.90  £26.61  £28.32 
9  7  £14.80  £16.51  £18.22  £19.93  £21.64  £23.35  £25.06  £26.77  £28.48  £30.19 
10  8  £16.67  £18.38  £20.09  £21.80  £23.51  £25.22  £26.93  £28.64  £30.35  £32.06 
11  9  £18.54  £20.25  £21.96  £23.67  £25.38  £27.09  £28.80  £30.51  £32.22  £33.93 
12  10  £20.41  £22.12  £23.83  £25.54  £27.25  £28.96  £30.67  £32.38  £34.09  £35.80 