The Alien Mugging

Posted July 29 - August 4, 1996

Jim originally had 10A dollars.

A = Jim's age.

The space aliens took (10A - 0.1A) = 9.9A dollars.

9.9A = 396

A = 40, so Jim is 40 years old.

Bobby Sugar [lsugar@bigwave.ca] submitted this marvellous solution:

Let Jim be x years old, and let P be the paycheck.

Then we know that P=10x

Also, a tenth of his age plus 396 is equal to his paycheque.

Thus, (x/10)+396=10x

Let's multiply both sides by 10 ..... x + 3960 = 100x

100x - x = 3960 99x = 3960 x = 40Therefore, Jim is 40 years old.

Lee Krogh [bkrogh@supernet.ab.ca] gave Minus the right answer and some insight. Have you been watching X-Files, Lee?

Jim is 40 years old. Boy he must have been freaked out after aliens took his money.

Minus says to watch out for bright, flickering lights in the night.