Larry has 4-cent stamps and 9-cent stamps, which he can combine to produce various amounts of postage. For example, he can make 40 cents by using four 9-cent stamps and a 4-cent stamp, or by using ten 4-cent stamps. However, there are some amounts of postage he can't make exactly, such as 10 cents.

What is the largest number of cents that Larry CANNOT make exactly from a combination of 4- and/or 9-cent stamps?

Explain how you know your answer is correct. (You should explain two things: why Larry can't make the amount of your answer, and why he CAN make any bigger amount.)

SmartMathMan
Jan 25, 2018

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Jan 25, 2018