Enigma 442b: Oh yes I did! Oh no you didn’t!
6 April 2018
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From New Scientist #1592, 24th December 1987 [link]
After our successful pantomime production in which I played the leading lady, I gave my little costarring helpers some gifts from a big bag of different trinkets, and they each got a different number and none were left.
To make it fairer I gave each helper 10p for each gift that he didn’t get and deducted 40p for each gift that he did get, but that still gave each of them some 10p coins as well as some gifts. It cost me £12.60 in addition to the gifts.
What was the highest number of gifts received by any helper (that little fellow got less than 50p cash)?
What part was I playing?
This puzzle completes the archive of Enigma puzzles from 1987. There is now a complete archive from the start of Enigma in February 1979 to the end of 1987, and also from February 2000 to the final Enigma puzzle in December 2013. Making 1162 Enigma puzzles posted so far, which means there are about 626 left to post.