Santa's Busy Helpers

Posted December 9 - 15, 1996

Culotte makes (0.75)(5,000) = 3,750 toys.

Etalot makes (1.2)(3,750) = 4,500 toys.

And Santa's extra busy elf, Brot, makes 2(3,750) = 7,500 toys.

As luck would have it, Culotte is the elf responsible for making the

Tickle-Me Elmodolls this year.

Minus' old friend, John Moser, is back with a perfect solution and a little bit of insight:

Culotte makes 75% of 5000 = 3750 toysJeff Ross from Virginia Episcopal School submitted this very precise solution:

Etalot makes 120% of 3750 = 4500 toys

Brot makes 200% of 3750 = 7500 toys

Dot makes 5000 toysAll together they make 5000 + 3750 + 4500 + 7500 = 20,750 toys.

That's an average of 5187.5 toys per elf.

To make 20 000 000 toys Santa would only need about 40 000 elves.

The North Pole will soon be easy to find.

Cullote made 75% of Dots production which was 5000, so 75% of 5000 = 3750.Mauricio Grazziotin Mondadori [mgm@br.homeshopping.com.br] (Wow! Try saying that fast six times!) shows us his mathematical wizardry in this solution:

Brot made twice as many as Cullote, so 2 times 3750 is 7500.

Etalot made 120% as many as Cullote, so 1.2 times 3750 is 4500.

Dot makes 5000.Brot - 7500 toys

Culotte - 3750 toys

Etalot - 4500 toys

Dot - 5000 toysTheir sum total is 20,750.

Dot: 5,000Mandy Pui, of Vancouver, British Columbia, impressed Minus with her unique method of multiplying by 120%:

Culotte: 3,750 (.75 X Dott = .75 X 5,000 = 3,750

Etalot: 4,500 (1.2 X Culotte = 1.2 X 3,750 = 4,500)

Brot: 7,500 (2 X Culotte = 2 X 3,750 = 7,500)

It says Dot makes 5000 toys a year and that Culotte makes 75% of Dot's so you divide 5000 into 4 and times it by 3. The answer is 3750 (how many Culotte makes).Jeff Perron [jperron@pli.mb.ca] rounded off our lot of feeders with this delightful piece for Minus' dessert:

It says Brot makes 2 times as much as Culotte so you times it by 2 from Culotte's answer and that will gives you 7500 (How many Brot makes).

Then it says that Etalot makes 120% of Culotte. First, if it says 100% it'll be 3750, but it says 120% so you divide 3750 by 10 and times it by 2 and add that to 3750 and it'll be 4500 (how many Etalot makes). Ta-Da!

Brot makes 7500 toys per year. Culotte makes 3750 toys per year. Etalot makes 4500 toys per year. Dot makes 5000 toys per year.

Dot makes 5000 toys/year Culotte- 75% of Dot =3750 toys/year Brot- 2 times as much as Culotte=7500 toys/year Etalot- 120% of Culotte=4500 toys/year

makes after a good holiday meal.

Thanks goes to all of our gracious feeders.