# Canary Conundrum

I am the owner of a pet store. If I put in one canary per cage, I have one bird too many. If I put in two canaries per cage, I have one cage too many. How many cages and canaries do I have

### 4 guesses to Canary Conundrum

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• Roolstar

4 Canaries and 3 cages…

I thinnk 5 canaries and 4 cages would technically work too…

• you have 4 birds 3 cages,

• dude

You’re right!
Four birds and three cages is the correct answer.
Carole and Rool, you’re today’s winners!!!

• bob gambo

Not a guess, a solution
x= number of canaries y= number of cages
1 in each cage 1 bird too many so x – 1 = y
2 in each cage 1 cage too many so (x/2)+ 1 = y
so x-1=(x/2)+1 times both sides by 2 to get 2x-2=x+2
subt x from both sides, add 2 to both sides x=4 y=4-1=3
4 cannaries and 3 cages