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Maribel must divide 60 candies among herself and her 12 cousins, altho

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Proceeding by options is the best procedure here. As we have to find the least possible candies Maribel can have we can start from option A.

A) 5

If Maribel has 5 candies the remaining 55 candies have to be divided among 12 people. If we divide them equally then everyone will get 4 candies at first and then remaining 7 candies can be divided giving 1 candy to 7 people. Now Maribel has 5 candies and few others also have 5 candies. This cannot be the case as Maribel should have more candies than all other. So 5 cannot be the possible value.

B) 6

If Maribel has 6 candies then remaining 54 candies can be divided among others equally first. Remaining 6 candies can be given to 6 people, each with 1. Now Maribel has 6 candies and 6 other people have 5 candies and others have 4 candies. This condition is perfectly fine. So 6 is minimum candies that Maribel can have.

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