# SOLUTION: I have a question that is driving my wife and I crazy. Can you help us figure it out. It goes something like this: Leah is 5 yrs older than Sue. John is 6 yrs older than Leah.

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 Click here to see ALL problems on Age Word Problems Question 3591: I have a question that is driving my wife and I crazy. Can you help us figure it out. It goes something like this: Leah is 5 yrs older than Sue. John is 6 yrs older than Leah. Their ages total equals 41. How old is Sue? What is the equation for this problem? Thank you.Answer by longjonsilver(2297)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!this has 2 unknowns, so you will need 2 equations. First define a couple of things: Let x = Leah's age now Let y = Sue's age now eqn1: x = y+5 --> x-y = 5 eqn2: x+y = 41 Adding these 2 equations together gives 2x = 46, so x (Leah's age) = 23. Hence, Sue must be 18. jon.