In a certain island, there are precisely 1000 married couples.

- Two thirds of the husbands who are taller than their wives are also heavier and:

- Three quarters of the husbands who are heavier than their wives are also taller.

If there are 120 wives who are taller and heavier than their husbands, how many husbands are taller and heavier than their wives?

The only way to solve this is using the proven fact that no two people weigh EXACTLY the same, or are EXACTLY the same height.

Let x = husbands that are both taller and heavier.

From fact 1, husbands that are taller but lighter is x/2.

From fact 2, husbands that are heavier but shorter are x/3.

Then, x + x/2 + x/3 + 120 = 1000

11x/6 = 880

** x = 480. Final answer.**

Checking:

Husbands taller and heavier = 480

Husbands taller but lighter = 240

Husbands shorter but heavier = 160

Husbands shorter and lighter = 120

Total couples = 1000

720 taller husbands, of whom 480 (2/3) are also heavier.

640 heavier husbands, of whom 480 (3/4) are also taller

*Edited on ***December 6, 2013, 12:50 pm**