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Birds of a Feather
Three birds are named Billie, Millie, and Willie. Billie flies twice as fast as Millie, who flies a third as fast as Willie. If Billie and Millie have a race, and Willie arrives at the finish when Billie has 12 miles more to travel, what was the race distance?
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City A to City B
A car can travel from city A to city B in 8 hours. If its speed during the return journey was decreased by 7 mph, it would take 9 hours to get back to city A. How far apart are the two cities?
Monkey in the Middle
Geoge the Monkey can run at a speed of 12 mph. Hazel can walk at a rate of 4 mph, and Henrietta can walk at a rate of 2 mph.
George is standing halfway between Hazel and Henrietta, who are 1,320 feet apart, and begin walking toward each other.
At the moment they begin walking, George begins running toward Hazel. When he reaches her, he turns around and runs to Henrietta. Upon reaching her, he turns around again, and continues on like this, until the two girls meet, and he is sandwiched between them.
How far did George run?
Samwise can mow 5 lawns in 9 hours, and Frodo can mow 1 lawn in 4 hours. Samwise, Frodo, and Bilbo, working together, can mow 20 lawns in 18 hours. How many minutes does it take Bilbo to mow 3 lawns?
Building a Wall
If Jameson can build a 20 foot wall in 6 hours, and Jaqueline can build a 50 foot wall in 12 hours, and the two of them work together to build a 180 foot wall (with each of them starting at opposite ends of the wall), how much wall will each build before the wall is complete?
Daylight Savings Time
A clock adjusts its timing each night by contacting a satellite at 2:00 AM to find out the official standard time. Since it has a mechanical action with physical minute, second and hour hands, if the clock finds out it is out of sync, it will move at 12 times normal speed in order to "catch up" with the actual time. (If it is ahead of the correct time, it will still move forward, until it wraps around to the correct time.)
In the fall, when Daylight Savings Time happens, at 2:00 the satellite tells the clock that it is actually 1:00. Thus, the clock has to move forward at high speed until it wraps around to the correct time.
How long will it take the clock to be displaying the correct time again?
John drove at 20 mph for 30 minutes, and then he drove back home at 10 mph. What was his average speed for the entire trip?
Greg can mow a lawn in 4 hours. Rudy can mow a lawn in 3 hours. If they work together, how many hours will it take them to mow 14 lawns?
Waiting for Christmas
My son said, "Daddy, I can't wait for Christmas. How long is it until Christmas?"
I told him, "The number of days left until Christmas is 30 more than the number of weeks until Christmas."
What day is it?
Jill runs three as fast as Jack. Henry runs five times as fast as Jack. All three children run a 100 meter dash. When the race is over, how far behind Jill is Jack?
I have four books, each with n pages, and I can read them all in four hours.
I have four more books, each with each 120 fewer pages than my original four books. I can read them all in three hours.
I have five more books, each with 120 more pages than my original four books. How long would it take me to read all five books?