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I got this answer by writing down all possible values.
Pretty time consuming, so if there is anyone who has an formula for this kind of question, please let us know.

that's exactly what I did. I didn't enjoy picking numbers. on an actual gmat, i think if we needed to do that, it's too time consuming. but on the other hand, in a actual gmat, you would have 5 choices to pick from, so maybe picking numbers won't take that long afterall.

From this it takes a few seconds to realise that 96 + 35 = 131, or 75 + 56 = 131 (picking numbers from the x8 multiplication table finishing in either 1 or 6)

Therefore number sets 99 + 37 and 59 + 77 are valid results.

An alternative solution [#permalink]
30 Aug 2004, 11:10

Hi Everyone, I figured out a different way of solving this that gave me all the possible solutions to this problem Pls let me knows your comments about my solution.

Since we need a number that divided by 5 has a reminder of 2

For a number in this table we are going to add 2 in order to get it as a reminder.

{[n(5)]+[n+1(5)]+[n+...(5)]}+2

The same for the table of 8

8,16,24,32,40,48,56,64,72,88,96,104,112,128,136

{[n(8)]+[n+1(8)]+[n+...(8)]}+3

If we add the two figures we get 2+3 = 5

So now we just need 131 instead of 136
Of all the possibles aoutcomes from the table of 8 added to the table of 5 that could help me to get this results,are the ones bolded (we just take the one that finish with 6

8,16,24,32,40,48,56,64,72,88,96,104,112,128

now we just need to find the complement to these numbers to get 131 from the table of 5

for 16 +115 = 131 for 56+75 = 131 for 96+35 = 131

Finally if we add the numbers that we took it before to each one of these
(115+2)+(16+3) = 136
(75+2) + (56+3) = 136
(35+2) + (96+3) = 136

To chek this every single divide the figures 37, 77 and 117 by 5
and 19,59,99 by 8.

I give you an apologize for my poor english, but I hope this way could help to find a different solution.

I would like to hear your comments since this is my first post

Re: An alternative solution [#permalink]
30 Aug 2004, 13:15

ArturoC wrote:

Hi Everyone, I figured out a different way of solving this that gave me all the possible solutions to this problem Pls let me knows your comments about my solution.

Since we need a number that divided by 5 has a reminder of 2

For a number in this table we are going to add 2 in order to get it as a reminder.

{[n(5)]+[n+1(5)]+[n+...(5)]}+2

The same for the table of 8

8,16,24,32,40,48,56,64,72,88,96,104,112,128,136

{[n(8)]+[n+1(8)]+[n+...(8)]}+3

If we add the two figures we get 2+3 = 5

So now we just need 131 instead of 136 Of all the possibles aoutcomes from the table of 8 added to the table of 5 that could help me to get this results,are the ones bolded (we just take the one that finish with 6

8,16,24,32,40,48,56,64,72,88,96,104,112,128

now we just need to find the complement to these numbers to get 131 from the table of 5

for 16 +115 = 131 for 56+75 = 131 for 96+35 = 131

Finally if we add the numbers that we took it before to each one of these (115+2)+(16+3) = 136 (75+2) + (56+3) = 136 (35+2) + (96+3) = 136

To chek this every single divide the figures 37, 77 and 117 by 5 and 19,59,99 by 8.

I give you an apologize for my poor english, but I hope this way could help to find a different solution.

I would like to hear your comments since this is my first post

Thanks / ArturoC

I have not seen anyone making so much of an effort in first post. Welcome ArturoC and don't be a guest next time.

1. the first number must be X, second number 136 - X...
2. if the second number must have a remainder 3 after dividing by 8, then it is very easy to write down a list of those numbers:
11,19,27,35,43,51,59,67,75,83,91,99,107,115,123,131
3. since the other number must have a remainder 2 after dividing by 5, then the number must end in 2 or 7
4. take 136 and subtract each number in item #2...but you only have to find the ones digit (because the second number must end in either 2 or 7), so you can go through the list very quickly to eliminate the ones that don't leave a 2 or 7 in the ones digit after subtracting
5. that leaves three sets of numbers (117,19) (77,59) (37,99) which all fit the problem