Algebra 101

1. Jane spent $42 for shoes. This was $14 less than twice what she spent for a blouse.  How much was the blouse?

Really? Who thinks like this? Why not just enjoy the green shoes and sexy blouse? And by the way the answer is $28. Maybe not such a great blouse after all.


2. Two cyclists start at the same time from opposite ends of a course that is 45 miles long. One cyclist is riding at 14 mph and the second at 16 mph. How long after they begin will they meet?

Don’t these guys like each other? They will meet in an hour and a half and probably not speak a word. What a bummer of a Sunday afternoon. They must hate their wives.


3. Carol spent $1200 on an evening dress to wear to the opening night of Tosca. Harvey is livid and returns the dress. What price will Harvey pay? Who goes to Tosca?

Extra credit: Carol yelled 10 minutes more than twice the amount Harvey spent on lunch at Chez Panisse. The sum of three times the amount of time Carol yelled plus eight times the amount Harvey spent on lunch less the sales tax on the dress was not enough for the first session with an attorney.  What did the attorney charge?



About the Author: Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Her work has been accepted by the Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Enzagam and Healing Muse among others. Her first book of poetry, Waiting to be Called, was published in 2015. She is the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry.