# Sal has quarters, dimes and nickels. She has 52 coins total. She has 3 more quarters than dimes and 5 fewer nickels than nickels. How many dimes does she have?

##### 1 Answer

Depending upon a correction to the question:

the intended answer was probably

#### Explanation:

Let

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**Option 1:** line should have read: 5 fewer **dimes** than nickels.

We are told

[1]

[2]

[3]

So we can substitute

(since this isn't likely, let's reject Option 1)

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**Option 2:** line should have read: 5 fewer nickels than **dimes**.

We are told

[1]

[2]

[3]

So we can substitute

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Of course it is possible that one of the "nickels" in

**nickels** than **nickels**

should have been "quarters"... but let's quit while we have a reasonable answer.