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The 63 dollar question

By David, 26 June 2019 Brainteaser

On Dr Vine’s desk there is some money.

  • There are six pieces of Australian money.
  • The money adds up to $63.
  • There are no $1 coins.
  • Each note is different from the others.

Can you work out what denominations are on the desk?

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Brainteaser answer

First, the answer: a $50 note, a $5 note and four $2 coins will do it!

So how do we find the answer? First, you’re going to need a $50. Without it, there’s no way you can get close to $63 without having multiple notes with the same value.

Now, you need $13 from the remaining five pieces of money. There’s no way to do that with coins – five $2 coins is only $10. So you’ll need one more note, which could be either $5 or $10.

Let’s try a $10 first. With a $50 and a $10 on the desk, there are four more pieces of money, they add to $3, and none of them can be $1 coins. Four 50c coins only add to $2, and if you try using a $2 coin instead, you still won’t be able to find an answer.

If you try the $5 note, things work much better. Then the four remaining pieces of money add to $8, and that’s easy: four $2 coins!

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