# The Jewelry Box and the Ring [a riddle/puzzle]

Can you figure out this brain teaser?

## At an auction, a woman’s ring and a jewelry box with a hand-painted ceramic top are on sale for $200. The jewelry box is valued at $190 more than the ring. How much is the ring worth?

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### Answer:

If you said $10, you’d be incorrect!

Like most things in life, it’s not quite that simple.

This is a problem that requires setting up two equations with two unknowns to find the answer.

We know that the box (**B**) plus the ring (**R**) cost $200:

**B** + **R** = 200

The jewelry box is valued at $190 **more** than the ring. That is, the price of the box (**B**) is equal to the price of the ring (**R**) plus $190:

**B** = **R** + 190

Now we can substitute the right side of the second equation in the first equation and solve for **R**.

**R** + 190 + **R** = 200

2 **R** = 200 – 190

2 **R** = 10

**R** = 10/2

**R** = 5

**Therefore, the ring is worth $5**

The price of the box is $190 plus $5 which is $195, and the box plus the ring add up to $200. Everything checks out! This is a different spin on the famous Bat and a Ball Problem.