Mental Floss

Brain Game: Write Right


You're starting a new year at a new school. You arrive in the morning with a notebook and most of the other essentials. Suddenly, you realize that you forgot to bring something to write with. it would be tough to borrow something since you don't know anyone, so you visit the school store prior to your first class. There, you purchase one pen and one pencil. Without tax, the total comes to $1.10.

If the pen cost $1 more than the pencil, how much did the pencil cost?

Here is the ANSWER.


The pencil cost 5 cents. The pen cost $1 more than the pencil, or $1.05, bringing the grand total to $1.10.