A bookworm eats from the first page of an encyclopedia to the last page in a straight line. The encyclopedia consists of ten 1000-page volumes and is sitting on a bookshelf in the usual order. Not counting covers, title pages, etc., how many pages does the bookworm eat through?

 

[toggle title="What's the answer?"] On a book shelf the first page of the first volume is on the "inside", so the bookworm eats only through the cover of the first volume, then 8 times 1000 pages of Volumes 2 - 9, then through the cover to the 1st page of Vol 10 for a total of 8,000 pages. Note: The question asks how many pages, not how many sheets of paper.[/toggle]

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