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23 sweets to begin with because after she gave Bill 5 she had 3/3 left and gave 1/3 away leaviing her with 12 and 2/3 of a number that equals 12 is 18

So 3/3 which is 18 sweets plus 5 sweets = 23 sweets

Let N = original number of sweets.

Then (n-5) -(n-5)/3 =12 (given).

Multilply equation by 3

3(n-5) -(n-5) =36


2(n-5) =36




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