There are 29 students in Miss Spelling’s class. As a... she bought each of them chocolate letters with which they...

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This brainteaser was written by Patrick Vennebush.
There are 29 students in Miss Spelling’s class. As a special holiday gift,
she bought each of them chocolate letters with which they can spell
their names. Unfortunately, some letters cost more than others — for
instance, the letter A, which is in high demand, is rather pricey; whereas
the letter Q, which almost no one wants, is relatively inexpensive.
The price of the chocolate letters for each student in her class is shown
in the table below.
AIDEN – 386
ARI – 209
ARIEL – 376
BLAIRE – 390
CHARLES – 457
CLARE – 334
DEAN – 317
EARL – 307
FRIDA – 273
GABRIEL – 410
IVY – 97
KOLE – 249
LEIA – 317
LEO – 242
MAVIS – 246
NADINE – 453
NED – 236
PAUL – 167
QASIM – 238
RACHEL – 394
RAFI – 231
SAM – 168
TIRA – 299
ULA – 148
VERA – 276
VIJAY – 179
WOLKE – 272
XAVIER – 346
ZERACH – 355
How much would it cost to buy the letters in your name?
© 2012 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc.
http://illuminations.nctm.org
Solution: Answers will vary.
Students can check their answers at http://illuminations.nctm.org/nameletters.
© 2012 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc.
http://illuminations.nctm.org

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