# SOLUTION: A wealthy old man is criticized for marrying a woman for he is three times her age. He wittily replies, "Oh, but in 20 years time 2 shall only be twice her age." How old is the man

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 Question 118343: A wealthy old man is criticized for marrying a woman for he is three times her age. He wittily replies, "Oh, but in 20 years time 2 shall only be twice her age." How old is the man and his wife?Answer by ankor@dixie-net.com(16523)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!A wealthy old man is criticized for marrying a woman for he is three times her age. He wittily replies, "Oh, but in 20 years time I shall only be twice her age." How old is the man and his wife? : Let m = old man's age Let g = girl's age : "he is three times her age." m = 3g : "In 20 years time I shall only be twice her age." (m+20) = 2(g+20) m + 20 = 2g + 40 m = 2g + 40 - 20 m = 2g + 20 : "How old are they?" Substitute 3g for m, find g 3g = 2g + 20 3g - 2g = 20 g = 20 yrs is the girls age 60 yrs is the old fart's age : : Check solution: in 20 yrs he will be 80 and she will be 40