# Humpty Dumpty

Pro Problems > Math > Algebra > Equations > Systems of Equations > Word Problems## Humpty Dumpty

The reason the king's horses and the king's men couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again is that the king's horses were no help whatsoever. In fact, the king's horses (who are not very handy) accidentally break pieces instead of putting them together.

One king's man can put together two pieces every 5 seconds.

One king's horse can break a piece in two every 2 seconds.

There are twenty more men than horses.

If there had been six fewer men, and horses broke pieces at a rate of one every three seconds, they could have done the job.

If the number of men and the number of horses are both prime numbers, how many men and horses are there?

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