Out Buying Marbles

Lenny was out on the town with his daddy and they entered a toy store.

“I would like to buy twelve marbles, daddy,” said Lenny loudly.

“Ok, my boy, let’s ask the man,” said daddy.

“We have lots of marbles, sonny,” said the shopkeeper, smiling down at the young boy, “and they come in five different colors.”

“That’s really wonderful, mister. Do you know how many bags with different combinations of twelve marbles with these five colors you could sell?” asked Lenny, cocking his head with an impish look on his face.

“No idea, sonny, but if you tell me you can have your marble order for free,” smiled the shopkeeper.

Lenny told the shopkeeper, who believed him, and Lenny happily skipped out of the store with daddy, holding three bags of marbles in his hand.

How many different bags of marbles would you say the shopkeeper could arrange for sale?

About Ken

Bachelor of Science in Physics, Honors, University of Maryland. Graduate of Danish School of Classical Homeopathy in 1998. Studies over several years at the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy in Alonnisos, Greece with the world-famous homeopath George Vithoulkas (winner of the Right Livelihood Award, the alternative Nobel Prize). Director of Klinik for Klassisk Homøopati in Herlev, Denmark. Director of the Iberian School and Clinic of Classical Homeopathy in Estepona, Costa del Sol, Spain and Gibraltar. Founding member of the Spanish Association of Classical Homeopathy (Asociación Española de Homeopatía Unicista) approved by ECCH (European Council for Classical Homeopathy). Currently director of the International Homeopathic Web Clinic and the Avila Clinic and School of Classical Homeopathy in Caracas, Venezuela. Kjetill Oftedal offers consultations in English, Spanish, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, German, Dutch and Portuguese.
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