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Solve this puzzle : apple + banana + grape = ?

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But you haven't told us what "tomato-apple" or "one-fewer-grape" or "single-banana" equal. – Ian MacDonald Jan 28 at 17:44
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The puzzle is only tough because we've seen too many bad variants where the differing number of elements in the hand-drawn symbols was meaningless. – Joshua Jan 28 at 19:17
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apple grape and bannana together = delicious smoothie :D – n00b Jan 28 at 19:31
    
The equation presented in the text is not the same as the equation presented in the image. – Hellion Jan 28 at 21:42
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So a terrible quality image, edited to make it slightly different from its stolen source, counts as a good puzzle for this site? This is just sad. At least post the link from where you stole it, and consider adding information about why this doesn't violate meta.puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/1348/… – Adam Davis Jan 28 at 23:47
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  • The first line shows that an apple is 7

  • The second line shows that 12 grape berries equals an apple plus 5, that is: a single grape berry equals 1

  • The third line shows that three bananas equal an apple minus 1, that is: a single banana equals 2

Answer:

2 apples + 11 grape berries + 1 banana $~=~ 2\cdot7 +11\cdot1+1\cdot2 ~=~ 27$.

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You can actually get the same answer by adding everything up and ignoring the quantities. I'm wondering if that was on purpose or not. (7 + 12 + 8) – Kyle Jan 28 at 19:45
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@Kyle Bananas would be 6 using that method (a=1+b), so you'd get 25. – Zandar Jan 28 at 21:23
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@Zandar, apparently I'm using special math and pulled an extra 1 out of my magic hat. My bad. – Kyle Jan 28 at 21:46
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I stand by my comment about the tomato-apple. – Ian MacDonald Jan 28 at 22:30
    
In what foul universe is an apple better than three better! – Fimpellizieri Jan 29 at 1:44

Apple = 7
12 Grapes = 5 + Apple, 1 Grape = 1
Apple = 1 + 3 Bananas, Banana = 2
2 Apples + 11 Grapes + 1 Banana = 14 + 11 + 2 = 27

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1 apple is 7.

12 grapes = 1 apple + 5. 12 = 7 + 5. So 1 grape = 1;

1 apple = 1 + 3 bananas. 7 = 1 + 3 bananas. 7 = 1 + 6. 6/3 = 2. So 1 banana = 2.

Pictured equation is 1 apple + 11 grapes + 1 banana. 7 + 11 + 2 = 20.

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I missed it at first but that's actually two apples in the final equation. – Neil Jan 30 at 1:07
    
Yeah, looking at it closely, I see now that it's two apples in the final equation. My excuse is the overly-compressed image makes it difficult to discern. :) – BryanVines Jan 30 at 7:21

The correct answer is 25. The final line would be:
7 + 12 + 6 = 25 or: Apple + Grapes + Bananas = Fruit Assortment

I looked at this as a regular math problem, not a pictograph, with the fruit simply standing in as variables. Thus, I didn't regard any changes in the fruit (e.g., # of bananas) to affect the equations.

PS You can tell this problem's not a pictograph by asking what would an apple equal? 1 (as per the picture) or 7 (as the problem states).

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1 apple is 7.

12 grapes = 1 apple + 5, therefore 1 grape = 1.

3 bananas + 1 is equal to one apple, therefore one banana = 2.

Finally, 2 apples + 11 grapes + 1 banana = 27

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1 apple is 7.

12 grapes = 1 apple + 5. 12 = 7 + 5. So 1 grape = 1;

1 apple = 1 + 3 bananas. 7 = 1 + 3 bananas. 7 = 1 + 6. 6/3 = 2. So 1 banana = 2.

Pictured equation is 1 apple + 11 grapes + 1 banana. 7 + 11 + 2 = 20.Apple 7+11 Grape+1 Banana=20

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My answer:

Logic:
A = 7
G(12) = 5 + A = 12, Therefore G = 1
A = 1 + B(3) = 7, Therefore B = 2

So:
A = 7, G = 1, B = 2

Final Equation:
A(2) + G(11) + B(1) = (2 * 7) + (11 * 1) + (1 * 2) = (14 + 11 + 2) = 27

Answer:
27

That tomato-apple is annoying.

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