Today's mentalfloss.com **Brain Game** *Think Thursday *challenge is one of my favorite old puzzles, because (for most of us) it makes you think more than you'll think you have to think. At least, that's what I think. Here we go:

John bought a pencil case and a pencil

(both at sticker price) for a total of $2.

The pencil case cost $1.50 more than the pencil.

How much did the pencil cost?

**ANSWER:**

**The pencil cost 25 cents, while the pencil case cost $1.75 ($1.50 more than the pencil).**

If you came up with a different solution, **please** double-check your math - and the clues - before commenting.

Thanks for playing! Tomorrow, it's *Free-for-all Friday*.