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 Daily Puzzle - Wednesday - 6 December A trout's tail weighs eight pounds. Its head weighs as much as the tail and one-half of the body combined, and the body weighs as much as the head and tail combined. What does the whole trout weigh? [Ref: ZKSK] © Kevin Stone Hint: A little bit of algebra might help. Answer: 64 pounds. The head weighs 24 pounds, the body weighs 32 pounds and the tail weighs 8 pounds. The trout is made up of the head, body and tail, H, B and T. We are told that:    T = 8    H = T + B ÷ 2                (1)    B = H + T                    (2) Placing T into (1) and (2) we get:    H = 8 + B ÷ 2                (3)    B = H + 8                    (4) Using (4) in (3) we get:    H = 8 + B ÷ 2    H = 8 + (H + 8) ÷ 2          (5) Multiplying (5) by 2 we get:   2H = 16 + H + 8   2H = 24 + H    H = 24 Therefore, by (2):    B = H + T    B = 24 + 8    B = 32 Giving:    H = 24    B = 32    T = 8 And a total of 24 + 32 + 8 = 64 pounds. Solve today's puzzle... Daily Word - Wednesday - 6 December APOCRYPHAL Of doubtful authenticity Of dubious veracity; of questionable accuracy or truthfulness