Pens cost 13p each,
Pencils cost 9p each.
Colin spent 62p altogether.
How many pens and pencils did he buy?
Dishes cost £1.50 each,
Plates cost £1.58 each.
Cody spent £6.16 on dishes and plates.
How many of each did he buy?
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