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Let a be the number of cookies Allan has, b Bobby, and t Tammy.
b = 2a – 2 and t = a + 6. Together, they all have a + 2a – 2 + a + 6 which simplifies to 4a + 4. Since 4a + 4 = 24, a = 5. Thus, b = 8 and t = 11.
Allan has five cookies, Bobby eight, and Tammy eleven.
Wasn’t that rather simple?
Yes, it was. Not all puzzles are complicated. Decide whether a puzzle is complicated after you have tried it, not before.