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School time (Posted on 2004-02-07) Difficulty: 3 of 5
A boy leaves home in the morning to go to school. At the moment he leaves the house he looks at the clock in the mirror. The clock has no number indication and for this reason the boy makes a mistake in interpreting the time (mirror-image). Just assuming the clock must be out of order, the boy cycles to school, where he arrives after twenty minutes. At that moment the clock at school shows a time that is two and a half hours later than the time that the boy saw on the clock at home.
At what time did he reach school?

  Submitted by Ravi Raja    
Rating: 2.4000 (5 votes)
Solution: (Hide)
The difference between the real time and the time of the mirror image is two hours and ten minutes (two and a half hours, minus the twenty minutes of cycling). Therefore, the original time on the clock at home that morning could only have been five minutes past seven.
The difference between the times is exactly 2 hours and ten minutes (note that also five minutes past one can be mirrored in a similar way, but this is not in the morning).
The boy reaches school at five minutes past seven plus twenty minutes of cycling, which is twenty-five minutes past seven.

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  Subject Author Date
SolutionNo SubjectSteve Royer2004-04-17 03:01:30
No Subjectpaul2004-03-08 20:03:40
No Subjectse ross2004-02-08 08:37:40
re(2): there are 2 valid answers (or even 4) ==>TomMAdy TZIDON2004-02-08 01:01:27
re: there are 2 valid answers (or even 4)TomM2004-02-07 18:49:37
there are 2 valid answers (or even 4)Ady TZIDON2004-02-07 12:26:14
Solutionmy solutionAdy TZIDON2004-02-07 11:04:53
SolutionI overslept and my dog ate my homeworkTomM2004-02-07 11:00:33
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