lazerbud wrote:

I tried and couldn't find a solution! I'm desperate to see how this is cracked!

The "441" solves 99% of the problem in 30 seconds....but just to give you a explanation..here goes

1st equation
Let SP be original selling price

SP*

(1+ X/100) (1-X/100) = SP-441

2nd Equation
(SP-441) *

(1+X/100)(1-X/100) = 1944.81 .....eqn 2

Now, from 1...

(1+ X/100) (1-X/100) =

SP-441 /SP
Therefore

(SP -441) *

(SP-441) /SP[b]= 1944.81 .....equation 3

[b]Some Common Sense
Look at the answer choices...it cant be 2000 and 2256..because the first "round" itself reduces the price by 441 which will be less than 1944.81...so these two are incorrect.

Also 2500 gets reduced to 2059 in the first "round ".....its too close to 1944.81 in the first round itself...but just to be sure..

We'll try the largest value 2756.25 ..Lets approximate SP to 2800

and 441 to 500 ...cool? ok

(2800-500)*(2800-500) /2800 = 2300 *23/28 =52900/28 => 1889

Thats as close as you can get in 45 seconds..

Answer A
comments?

thanks

praetorian