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Fifty minutes ago if it was four times as many minutes past three o'clock, how many minutes is it to six o'clock?

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Fifty minutes ago if it was four times as many minutes past three o'clock, how many minutes is it to six o'clock?

Don't get it.

Four times as many minutes ... compared to what?

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Don't get it.

Four times as many minutes ... compared to what?

four times as many minutes as between three o'clock "now" (the time being asked for) .... sorry my working was a bit ambiguous, hope now it is clear.

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3:00 now-50 now 6:00
`|------------4xM--------------------------|--------50------------|---M----|`

If so, M=16 minutes before 6:00

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four times as many minutes as between three o'clock "now" (the time being asked for) .... sorry my working was a bit ambiguous, hope now it is clear.

I think he is saying that if it is x minutes past 3:00 right now, then 50 minutes ago it was 4x minutes past 3:00. Is this correct?

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I think he is saying that if it is x minutes past 3:00 right now, then 50 minutes ago it was 4x minutes past 3:00. Is this correct?

Well it would be less, not more, right? Why I asked.

But the explanation provided an answer, above.

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```
|------------4xM--------------------------|--------50----------------|-----M----|
3:00					now-50			   now	     6:00[/codebox]```

That is pretty correct. But M cannot be 16, otherwise we would have

|------------4xM--------------------------|--------50----------------|-------M----|

3:00 --------------------------------- now-50 ----------------- now ---------- 6:00

[color=#ADD8E6]------[/color]---------------------------------- 4:04 --------------------- 4:54 ---------- [color=#FF0000]5:10[/color]

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That is pretty correct. But M cannot be 16, otherwise we would have

|------------4xM--------------------------|--------50----------------|-------M----|

3:00 --------------------------------- now-50 ----------------- now ---------- 6:00

---------------------------------------- 4:04 --------------------- 4:54 ---------- 5:10

Sorry - typo. Of course it's 26.

5M+50=180

10M+100=360

M+10=36

M=26

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