Five presents were bought for Christmas

 The red and purple presents together cost £33, The purple and blue presents together cost £29, The blue and gold presents together cost £22, The gold and green presents together cost £23, The green and red presents together cost £27 What is the total cost of all five presents?

## A Christmas Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

Topics: Starter | Algebra | Problem Solving | Xmas

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• Mark Murray,
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• Hi,
I'm not a teacher. I'm a concerned parent and I'd like to go over a math problem with my kids every morning before school. I'd love to be able to see the solutions to this. Is that possible?
Thanks
Mark.

[Transum: Mark, if you scroll down the page you will find the place where answers are available to Transum subscribers. There is also a link to subscribe. Happy Christmas.]
• Josh,
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• This was challenging, but I like the seasonal ring to it.
• Moi (internet Safety!!), USA
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• Good problem but it would be nice if it was in dollars not pounds (yes, I know-stupid americans just have to have their way. Sorry.)

[Transum: Good idea Moi. The facility to change the currency has now been added. You can find the button lower down the page.]
• Transum,
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• If you are not a Transum subscriber and cannot see the answer below you may like to hear that the solution to this problem is a lot easier to work out than you may think. Don't try elaborate methods of solving simultaneous equations trying to find the cost of each present individually. Instead think laterally about totals! I hope that's not a spoiler and that you still have fun puzzling out the answer to this festive teaser!

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