# Mr McVey’s Mysterious Maths – July 2024 Edition

With the recent bout of nice, sunny weather (at the time of writing anyway!), it’s been nice to get out in the garden, catch some rays and maybe have a barbeque. Even better, if you have a greenhouse, you may have harvested a bumper crop of sweet and juicy strawberries.

This edition’s puzzle is based around a gardener who hasn’t quite thought through their strategy for picking strawberries efficiently. Can you work out the answer? Send me your solutions either by email r.mcvey@penworthamgirls.lancs.sch.uk or give them to me in person to win a coveted Head’s Breakfast.

Good luck!

Problem:

A gardener planted a row of 100 strawberry plants in his garden, setting them exactly 1 metre apart. Each plant produced just one strawberry.

When picking time came, the gardener placed a basket 1 metre from the end of the row, and then proceeded to pick and carry each strawberry to the basket one by one.

Starting and ending at the basket, how far had the gardener walked when he finished picking all 100 strawberries?

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