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Morozkin problem


sunset walk
Vladimir Arnold in the April 1997 edition of the Notices tells:

The first real mathematical experience I had was when our schoolteacher I. V. Morozkin gave us the following problem: Two old women started at sunrise and each walked at a constant velocity. One went from A to B and the other from B to A. They met at noon and, continuing with no stop, arrived respectively at B at 4 p.m. and at A at 9 p.m. At what time was the sunrise on this day?

This problem can be found at several places on the web, and I assume there is no harm in reproducing it here.
I would like to encourage you to solve the puzzles on your own. It will increase your self confidence, while looking up the answer will lower your self esteem.

When you have solved this puzzle, you can check your solution here

You are welcome to remark on the puzzles, and I love it when you comment variations, state wether they are too easy or too difficult, or simply your solution times. Please do not state the soultions – it spoils the fun for others. I usually make the solution available after one or two weeks through a link, which allows readers to check the solution without the temptation to scroll down a few lines before having a go at it themselves.

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