Tantalizer 334: Tell us another one
27 October 2021
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From New Scientist #885, 14th February 1974 [link]
Aunt Agatha’s three daughters are an argumentative lot and it is no surprise to find them all working for different political parties. They are too young for front-line stuff so they all sit outside the only polling station in their ward and write down the voters’ polling numbers on special pads. the polling numbers start at one, there are no postal voters and last time, incredible to relate, there was 100 per cent poll.
“Phew!” exclaimed Prissy for the Liberals, “I wrote down 3967 digits in all”.
“I knew you wouldn’t get it right”, retorted Emily, who is Labour. “I wrote down 3961 digits”.
“More fool you”, remarked Tory Tania, “the right tally is 3971”.
It does the girls credit that one of them not only recorded the polling numbers with complete accuracy but also added up the number of digits in them right.
How many electors are there in the ward?