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The number 3 divides a with a result of b and a remainder of 2. The number 3 divides b with a result of 2 and a remainder of 1. What is the value of a ?

(A) 13

(B) 17

(C) 21

(D) 23

(E) 27
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The number 3 divides a with a result of b and a remainder of 2. So if we take 2 off a and divide by 3 the answer should be b.

$$\frac{a-2}{3}=b$$ or $$a=3b+2$$.

The number 3 divides b with a result of 2 and a remainder of 1. Similarly

$$\frac{b-1}{3}=2$$ or $$a=6+1=7$$.

Hence putting value of b into the first equation a=23.
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