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Hints from Heloise

Wed., June 27, 2007

Dear Readers: How many apple varieties are grown within the United States?

A. 2,500 of them are grown in the U.S.

B. 2,250 are grown in the U.S.

C. 2,000 are grown in the U.S.

If you picked “A,” you get the apple for the day! – Heloise

Dear Heloise: I went shopping for vegetables at a store with a large vegetable department and automatic scales that print out the price stickers. I decided to find out how much the plastic bag cost me, so I weighed a red bell pepper with and without the bag. I saved 2 cents. I moved around, and for the next purchase the bag was 6 cents – I realized the scales were out of sync. I checked all the scales and discovered that the price on the bags varied from 2 cents to 6 cents, and the price on the bell pepper varied by 20 cents. So, I found the best scale, took the vegetables there, weighed them without the bags and saved almost $5. – Thrifty in San Antonio


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