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Puzzle - Answer

CalculatorDaft Dave, our local DIY expert, is renovating the local hospital.

He has to number each of the rooms in the hospital with plastic numbers.

However, he has run out of the number 9.

How many 9's must Dave buy in order to number all 1,000 rooms?

 [Ref: ZRQK] © Kevin Stone

Answer: 300.

Start with: 9, 19, 29, 39, 49, 59, 69, 79, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99 - which is 20 9's.

We then repeat this for 100, 200, 300, up to 900 - which is 200 9's.

But from 900 to 999 we have an extra 100 9's as each starts with a 9.

So the total is 300.

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