# SOLUTION: Carmen's rate of solving a certain puzzle is three times that of Joseph. One day, they worked together for 40 mins, after which Joseph was called for an errand. Carmelo finished th

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 Click here to see ALL problems on Rate-of-work-word-problems Question 243126: Carmen's rate of solving a certain puzzle is three times that of Joseph. One day, they worked together for 40 mins, after which Joseph was called for an errand. Carmelo finished the rest of the puzzle in 20 minutes. How long would it take each to solve the puzzle alone?Answer by ankor@dixie-net.com(15660)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!Carmen's rate of solving a certain puzzle is three times that of Joseph. One day, they worked together for 40 mins, after which Joseph was called for an errand. Carmelo finished the rest of the puzzle in 20 minutes. How long would it take each to solve the puzzle alone? : Let t = time required for Carmen to solve the puzzle alone She works 3 times as fast as Joseph, therefore 3t = time required by Joseph to solve it alone : Let the completed puzzle = 1 : Joe works for 40 min and Carm works for 40+20 = 60 min : + = 1 Multiply equation by 3t, results 3(60) + 40 = 3t 180 + 40 = 3t 3t = 220 t = t = 73 min for Carmen and 5*73.33 = 220 min for Joe