Puzzle of the Week: Party Time!

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Kelly is planning to invite 14 people to her birthday party.

She went shopping with her mother for party supplies. They went through the express check-out line because they had fewer than 15 items. Kelly and her mother bought cupcakes, plates, ice-cream sandwiches, and juice boxes. There were 3 more cupcakes than juice boxes, but the same number of packages of each.

They wanted to make sure that each person at the party got one of each item. They also wanted to have the least possible amount left over.

How many packs or boxes of each item did they buy? How many items in all did they buy?

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Puzzle of the Week: Cards in a Deck

question Here are the backs of three cards from an ordinary deck of cards.

A B C

You have to identify each card as a queen or king and as a heart or spade based on the following four pieces of information.

  1. There’s at least one queen to the right of a king.
  2. There’s at least one queen to the left of a queen.
  3. There’s at least one heart to the left of a spade.
  4. There’s at least one heart to the right of a heart.

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Puzzle of the Week: Codes

question In the following code, each symbol stands for two possible letters:

+ stands for I or A
* stands for B or W
= stands for C or T
& stands for E or K
? stands for L or H

The five-letter code word * ? + = & can be translated into two English words, and each one means the opposite of the other. What are the two words?

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