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Insert
your own names into the customizable problems below. 

1.)
has some money hidden in a box underneath her dresser.
Her friend Jessica wants to know how much is in the "mystery
box", so
tells her this riddle: The sum of two numbers is 172. The first is 8 less than 5 times
the second. If you can find
the first number you will know the amount of money in the box.


2.) is training to be a producer of artistic films. His latest venture is a documentary on the life of kangaroos. He is thinking of titling it "Life in the Pouch." The first film he did was called "Song in the Slime" and it documented the life of a toad. The first of his two films lasted 3 minutes less than twice as long as the second. Together they lasted 132 minutes. How long was his FIRST film?  
3.) met a really goodlooking guy at a dance recently. She wanted to know how old he was so she asked him. He was a bit of a trickster at heart so he said, "The larger of two numbers is 1 less than 3 times the smaller. Their sum is 63. If you can find the smaller you will know my age."  
4.)
is designing a triangular pen for his angora rabbits named Boobop and
Flairhair. Now "Boo and Flair"
will not settle for just any pen; it has to meet these specifications:
The first side of the triangle must be 8 feet shorter than the second
side. The third side must be 4
times as long as the first side. He
also needs 26 feet of metal gridwork to go the whole way around the pen. Find the length of each side of the triangle. 

5.)
While on a trip in the jungles of South America,
became lost. He wondered through the snake infested terrain
almost suffocating as leaves and vines wrapped around his head. Suddenly
he came upon a pyramid hidden in this jungle. At the entrance was an isosceles triangular
map. It said, "Find the length of the two equal
sides and the door will open. The length of the third side is thirty
glicks less than the sum of the equal sides. The distance around this
magic triangle is 570 glicks."


6.)
, the world famous dance instructor for the Dallas Cowboy's Cheerleading
team has a favorite dance step that he likes to teach.
The number of steps follows a three, consecutive, odd, integer
pattern as follows: The sum of the smallest and 4 times the largest
is 61. What are his consecutive odd integers? 

7.) To help him fall
asleep at night
mother gives him puzzles. This soothes his nerves and serves to focus
his brain long enough for slumber to take over. Tonight's problem is:
Find three consecutive integers such that the sum of twice the smallest
and 3 times the largest is 126. 

8.)
has a part time job as a "TaeBow" kickboxing instructor.
She can really belt out the kicks.
She says her most powerful kicks are achieved when counting the
three, consecutive, integers whose sum is
147. What are her "power"
numbers. 

9.) The combination
to
Harley Davidson Low Rider motorcycle is the three, consecutive, even,
integers, in order, such that the sum of the smallest and the largest
is 36. What is his combination?


10.)
has a Chihuahua dog named SpikeMan.
Now
is 8 years older than SpikeMan. In
three years, she will be twice as old as Spike will be then. How old are they both right now? Here is a photo of SpikeMan. 

11.)
is a cartoonist with two nationally syndicated cartoon characters. Her cartoon's name is "Fat Pig and Martin".
Now in her cartoon, Fat Pig is 24 years younger than Martin. In two years however, Martin will be 3 times
as old as Fat Pig. How old are
they now? 

12.)
is America's fastest woman at brushing her teeth. She has been clocked against the best in an
attempt to claim the coveted "fastest
teeth in the universe" title.
Now the woman who is closest to her in this championship event,
and who, it appears, may even overtake her, is 23 years older than
. In 5 years their ages will total 63. How old are they now? 

13.)
is a collector of rare and exotic animals.
She has an Emu (ostrichlike bird) named Elmo and a KomodoDragon
lizard that is 5 feet long named Darth Man.
Now Darth is 3 times as old as Elmo.
If they both live 7 more years, Darth will be twice as old as
Elmo will be then. How old are
they now? Darth Elmo 

14.)
is a dietician who is writing a book about how to transform old fashioned
popular recipes into lower calorie versions of themselves. He is going to call the book, "Strip 'Em Thin … a Guide to
Skinny Food". His most
favorite recipe is for double, chocolate chip, butter cookies, which
have 30 less than twice as many calories as their "skinny"
version. If five original version cookies have the same
number of calories as 8 of the "skinny" version, how many
calories are in each? 

15.)
is a killer skateboarder. He
is on his way to the national championship held in Camden New Jersey. His board is made of a black, polymer, resin
and is known around these parts as "The Black Magic Carpet of
." He wants to purchase
a new "truck" for the competition. The truck assembly is on
sale for $12 more than half of the regular price. The sale price is
$75. What is the regular price? 

16.)
is on her way to being the women's North American Bowling Queen. She can bowl strikes 98% of the time. Her training is getting a bit expensive though, so she is talking
her father into building her a private alley in the basement of her house. The length of the alley is to be 7 feet less
than 4 times the width. The distance
around the alley will be 136 feet. How
long and wide will the alley be when her dad is finished? 

17.)
is the main librarian for the children's library in Kalamazoo Texas. He groups his books according to size. He has "teenytiny"
books, "moderatelymedium" books, and "humongouslyhuge"
books. There are 3 times as
many teenytinys as moderatelymediums, and 30 fewer humongouslyhuges
than teenytinys. If he has
600 books in his division all together. How many of each kind does he
have? 

18.)
is an architect. He has developed
quite a reputation for designing buildings in pairs.
The pairs always consist of one square tower connected to one
rectangular tower. The two towers
are "connected" above ground by numerous glass walkways. The resulting designs look like glass spiderwebs.
The cool thing about his towers is that the perimeters of both
are always the same.
is now designing a 15 story towerpair for his hometown of Indiana PA.
The length of the rectangle is 4 yards less than twice the side of the
square tower, and the width of the rectangle is 6 yards less than the
side of the square tower. What is the perimeter of each tower? 

19.)
has a weekend job as a baby turtle juggler. Yes, we did say TURTLE JUGGLER.
has two baby turtles named Fred and Arnie. He picked them up at the discount
store in Clymer. We know it sounds a bit crazy, but Fred and Arnie love
to be juggled! They say they feel like they are flying. Well since they
are still babies they are pretty light. Fred's weight is 5 grams less
than twice Arnie's weight. Together they weigh 100 grams. What are their
weights? 

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