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Domestic Complications Puzzle

Genre: Math/Logic Rating: 5 - Medium Source: Sam Loyd's Cyclopedia p. 78
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Smith, Jones, and Brown were great friends. After Brown’s wife died, his niece kept house for him. Smith was also a widower, and lived with his daughter. When Jones got married, he and his wife suggested that they all live together. Each one of the party (male and female) was to contribute $25.00 on the first of the month for household expenses, and what remained at the end of the month was to be equally divided. The first month’s expenses were $92.00. When the remainder was distributed, each received an even number of dollars without fractions. How much money did each receive, and why?

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