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October 2019

Selected from: One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math!

Sweet Solution

"Come on, class, to the candy aisle!" Miss Hanson called out. 

The class groaned at the thought of being in the candy aisle, knowing that they couldn't have any for themselves. They were on a field trip to a grocery store to buy supplies for a project. 

They had collected pinecones, and they were going to cover them with peanut butter, roll them in bird seed, stick on candy, and tie strings on the pinecones to hang in the trees outside the school. 

Patti was in charge of the candy. 

"So tell me again. What do I have to do, Miss Hanson?" she asked. 

"Well, Patti, remember how we collected two hundred pinecones? We are going to put five peppermints on each pinecone for the squirrels, so start counting while I take the other students to get the peanut butter and bird seed." 

"That's 1,000 pieces of candy," Patti's friend Lulu said as they reached the candy. The peppermints, each wrapped in plastic, were in a bin and were sold by weight. There was a scoop to use with a scale. 

"Too bad they don't sell it in bags marked with how many are inside," Lulu said. "It will take you forever to count them."

"Actually, it will be a lot easier than I thought," Patti said.