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This problem trains for: SAT-I, AMC-8, GMAT.

Each of four kids wants to buy a beach ball. The first one is short of 18.9% of the cost. The second one is short of 49% of the cost. The third one would have money left over after the purchase equal to .22 of the cost. The fourth one would be short 13/25 of the cost. How many beach balls could they buy if they pooled their money?

Assume the cost of one ball is c. The first kid has:

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where we have taken into account the fact that:

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The second kid has:

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The third kid has:

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The fourth kid has:

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where we have handled the conversion of the ratio 13/25 to a percentage, using the identity:

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The total amount pooled buys b beach balls, where b is an integer. Therefore:

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