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Jo announces: I have no more than 999 books. This is a college level math question. 

Hi Debra, I would do it by "intellegent" guessandcheck. The numbers in the problem are 1, 999 and 1000. Try these numbers and maybe others that are close. Suppose Jo has exactly 1 book: Jean's statement is true, Jo has fewer than 1,000 books. Mary's statement is also true but you don't need to even consider it since already more than one statement is true and thus Jo does not have 1 book. Notice that the same argument is valid if Jo has 2 books, 3 books,... anything less than 999 books. Penny 

