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Chapter Twenty-Five: Lord Spittleworth's Problem

In Chapter twenty-five Lord Spittleworth is presented with yet another problem. Find out what he discovers by clicking the icon. 


"Cornucopia was growing slowly poorer. The rich merchants had no problem paying their Ickabog taxes. They gave the collectors two ducats a month, then increased the prices on their pastries, cheeses, hams, and wines to pay themselves back. However, two gold ducats a month was increasingly hard to find for the poorer folk, especially with food at the markets more expensive."


Let's explore what the rise in prices actually meant for the people of Cornucopia with a little percentage challenge.


The rich merchants charged 20 Ducats for their food and wine.


I have inside information that each of the rich merchants raised the prices of their pastries, cheeses, hams and wines up 10% every week for 4 weeks. 



To work out 10% we divide a number by 10.

To raise our prices, whatever answer get we add to the original number. 


So 10% or 20 would be 


20 divided by 10 = 2


20 + 2 = 22


Can you work out what the price would be if the rich merchants raised their prices every week for 4 weeks?




This is your chance to become an illustrator when The Ickabog is published. If you are in Key Stage Two, your parents can submit your pictures to the competition. Here's what you need to draw from Chapters twenty-four and twenty-five.


The bandalore

Some pastries lying in the earth

Tubby Tenderloin

Cankerby the footman


Enter the competition by clicking the link below. Remember, you need an adult to send in your images and all images must be sent in by 17th July.