# Santa's Sack of Gifts

Pro Problems > Math > Algebra > Equations > Word Problems## Santa's Sack of Gifts

This year Santa was so busy overseeing the business of creating toys that he never got around to managing his lists of good children and bad children.

So he decided to give gifts to the first two out of every three boys, and then a lump of coal to the third.

Similarly, he decided to give a present to the first four out of every five girls, and a lump of coal to the fifth.

Finally, he gave presents to the first three out of every four parents, and coal to the fourth.

The first two families he visited had three boys, two girls, and two parents. The next family he visited had one boy and two girls, and one parent. Then he visited two families which each had one boy, one girl, and two parents, and then he visited a family with five boys, three girls, and one parent.

If he did not give any lumps of coal at the next home, what is the largest possible number of people in that family?

## Solution

In order to make it feasible for teachers to use these problems in their classwork, no solutions are publicly visible, so students cannot simply look up the answers. If you would like to view the solutions to these problems, you must have a Virtual Classroom subscription.## Similar Problems

### Sharing my Oranges

My son and I went to orange grove and picked some oranges. On the way home I met my friend Sue and gave her half the oranges. Then my son begged me for an orange, so I gave him one. A few minutes later I met my friend Jose, and gave him a quarter of my remaining oranges. My son then asked for another orange, so I gave him one. Then, a few minutes later, my friend Marcus passed by so I gave him half of the remaining oranges. When my son asked for another orange, I told him he couldn't have it, because the last orange was mine.

How many oranges did my son and I pick?

### Rising and Falling Temperature

The temperature rose at a rate of 2 degrees every hour during the day, and at 4:00 in the afternoon it started dropping at a rate of 3 degrees an hour. If the temperature at 8:00 in the evening is 67 degrees, what was the temperature at 8:00 in the morning?

### Sum and Difference Problem

The sum of two numbers is 47, and their difference is 30. What are the two numbers?

### Tolling the Time

A clock has a bell that chimes in each of the following ways:

Once at 15 minutes past the hour

Twice at half past the hour

Three times at 15 minutes before the hour

n times at n o'clock (once at 1:00 AM, twice at 2:00 AM, etc).

If the hour is after noon, the clock chimes 12 extra times on the hour (13 times at 1:00 PM, 14 times at 2:00 PM, etc).

How many times will the clock chime between 10:17 AM and 7:35 PM?

# Ask Professor Puzzler

Do you have a question you would like to ask Professor Puzzler? Click here to ask your question!**Over 3,000 Pages of Free Content**

We've been providing free educational games and resources since 2002.

Would you consider a donation of any size to help us continue providing great content for students of all ages?