A lamp and a bulb together cost £32.
The lamp costs £30 more than the bulb.
How much does the bulb cost?
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Do you think the answer is £2?
If that is the case, the lamp must cost £30 more than that which is £32.
That means the total cost would be £34... wrong,
think again.
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