Inside the box or out?

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Betty bought a box when she was 20.

Betty puts $250 in the box on every birthday.

Each year, on her own birthday, Betty's evil sister Veronica steals $50 from the box.

Betty died when she was 60.

When the box was opened it was found to contain only $500.

Who is to blame for this shortfall, Betty or Veronica?

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Posted · Report post

What shortfall? If their birthdays are appropriately chosen, there is no shortfall.

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I think one explanation is that Betty's birthday is on Feb.29.

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Posted · Report post

Inflation is to blame. : )

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Even if she was born on Feb.29.

she should have at least $1800....

but to find only $500!!

is really strange :blink:

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Betty is to "blame" ... for being born on an exceptional day.

Every four years, Betty puts $250 into the box, and Veronica takes $200 out.
This happens 10 times in the 40 years between Betty's 20th and 60th birthdays.

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What shortfall? If their birthdays are appropriately chosen, there is no shortfall.

True.

But naive analysis shows a shortfall.

OP asked for blame, or cause, of "apparent" shortfall.

That goes to Betty.

Kind of.

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What shortfall? If their birthdays are appropriately chosen, there is no shortfall.

True.

But naive analysis shows a shortfall.

OP asked for blame, or cause, of "apparent" shortfall.

That goes to Betty.

Kind of.

The blame should have had been lain with Betty's mother -- that scalleywag! How about that use of the past pluperfect in conjunction with futuristic pirate talk!

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What shortfall? If their birthdays are appropriately chosen, there is no shortfall.

True.

But naive analysis shows a shortfall.

OP asked for blame, or cause, of "apparent" shortfall.

That goes to Betty.

Kind of.

The blame should have had been lain with Betty's mother -- that scalleywag! How about that use of the past pluperfect in conjunction with futuristic pirate talk!

Or it was because of the May 9th blackout the year previous. :wub:

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