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Patrick Differ
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My uncle gave me two candles. One candle is an inch longer than the other. I lit the long one at 4:30 p.m. I lit the shorter one at 6:00 p.m. They were both the same length at 8:30 p.m. The first one went out at 10:30 p.m. and the second one went out at 10:00 p.m.

How long were they when I lit them?
How much did the candles cost?
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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Don't know how long they were yet. But if your uncle gave them to you, they didn't cost you anything.
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The didn't cost YOU anythng and they weren't lit at all until you lit them.

Greg
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Patrick Differ
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Correct on all counts...

...so far...
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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Is the first question a trick question so you ask what both lengths are at 6 pm? Otherwise the first candle is 9 inches when lit and the second one is 8 inches when lit, if each burn at a constant pace and "the first one" means the "long one". If the "first one" is the short one it's 1+10/17 inches while the other is 2+10/17 inches.

/Tomas
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9 and 8 inches. That's correct.
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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