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By Ian Stewart   October 2006

Mix-‘n’-mismatch muddle

It was stocktaking time at Amanda’s Beautique, and the owner had found a problem with her mix-‘n’-match bikinis.

“I thought we had three left,” Amanda said to her assistant Camilla. “One with a red top and red bottom, one with a blue top and blue bottom, and one with one half red and the other half blue.”

“We do,” said Camilla. “They’re in those three boxes behind the water cooler.”

“I want the all-red bikini,” said Amanda, pulling out the boxes. “Oh, good, they’re labelled. One says RR, one says BB, and one says RB. I…

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