Enigma 182: ‘I would if I could’
8 April 2014
Posted by on
From New Scientist #1327, 14th October 1982 [link]
“I would if I could, but I’m sorry I can’t”
I felt that I had to say this to my Aunt.
She seemed to expect me to lend her some cash
And knowing my Aunt that would surely be rash.
I happen to know what her overdraft is;
My Uncle’s is large, hers is much more than his.
Her husband, my Uncle, in fact owed the bank
A number of pounds which was, let’s be frank,
Sixty-three more than my overdraft then.
Aunty’s and mine are two-hundred-and-ten;
Between them, I mean, and I’d like you to see,
When I say “much”, Aunt’s is Uncle’s times three —
Or as near to three as it can be,
Bearing in mind this vital fact,
The pounds we owe are all exact.
What are the overdrafts of my Aunt, my Uncle and myself?