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    Trick question?

    The president of a club retired in December 2000 after serving 9 consecutive complete terms. A complete term lasts two years, from the beginning of January through the end of December of the following year. In what year did the president begin serving these 9 terms?

    How do they get 1983??
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    Term 1 started January 1983 and ended December 1984.
    Term 2 started January 1985 and ended December 1986
    Term 3; January 1987 - December 1988
    Term 4; January 1989 - December 1990
    Term 5; January 1991 - December 1992
    Term 6; January 1993 - December 1994
    Term 7; January 1995 - December 1996
    Term 8; January 1997 - December 1998
    Term 9; January 1999 - December 2000
    Retirement.

    Where's the trick?
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    Quote Originally Posted by donnagirl View Post
    The president of a club retired in December 2000 after serving 9 consecutive complete terms. A complete term lasts two years, from the beginning of January through the end of December of the following year. In what year did the president begin serving these 9 terms?

    How do they get 1983??
    2000 - 18 = 1982 ... the prior term ended in Dec 1982, the first new term started in Jan 1983.
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