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Ronald works in an alternate universe, processing rocket fuel for $8 an hour. In this alternate universe, all numbers are written backwards. While Ronald is there, he works a specific number of hours (no fractions) and does not get any overtime pay. When he is finished he gets a cheque that he can cash at a bank back on Earth. However, the person who wrote the cheque wrote the numbers in the usual backwards fashion. ## Payday in an Alternate Universe

When Ronald went to cash the cheque on Earth, he discovered that he was going to get paid $99 dollars more than he had actually earned. Honest Ronald phoned the rocket-fuel plant, but they told him to go ahead and cash it.

If Ronald earned less than $1,000, but the maximum possible given these conditions, what dollar amount was on his cheque and how many hours did he work?

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