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Answer the Riddle

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You answer the Minotaur’s riddle and you are sure you are correct. The Minotaur looks surprised, but he really shouldn’t be because you are so clever and pretty. He doesn’t know you though, if he did he probably wouldn’t have challenged you to a riddle contest.

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“Another riddle:

A certain lake has an irregular shape. In order to estimate the area, the North-South distance across the lake is measured every 100 feet down an East-West line. The results are shown in the table below. Use an appropriate technique to estimate the number of acres that the lake covers. Give a complete explanation of how you computed the area.

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East-West position (ft)Distance across lake (ft)
0900
1001500
2001800
3002000
4002500
5002700
6002700
7002700
8002700
9002700
10002700
11002700
12002700
13002700
14002600
15002600
16002600
17002600
18002600
19002600
20002500
21002500
22002500
23002500
24002500
25002500
26002400
27002300
28002300
29001800
30001600
31001500
32001400
33001400
34001300
35001300
36001100
3700800
38000

“That’s not even a riddle!” You say, growing angry.

The Minotaur grins and lops off your head. “Ha, that’s not even CLOSE, dumb ass.”

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