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    urgent..cat and mouse

    Some cats got together and decided to kill mice numbering 999919.Each cat kills equal no.of mice and each cat kills more no.of mice than there were cats.Then what is the number of cats?
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    You may find useful to know that 999919=991\times 1009 where both factors are prime...
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    Dear Friend,
    Laurent gives the accurate answer. As an extra explanation we can say :

    n(n+b)=999919
    where n is number of cats, and b is the difference between number of mice caught by cats and number of cats.

    As Laurent said :

    (991)(991 + b ) = 999919
    b = 18

    (991)(991 + 18 ) 999919
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