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The puzzle actually reads "What two coins equal 30 cents but one of them is not a nickel?"

The answer of course is a quarter and a nickel. The quarter is the coin that's not a nickel!

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The phrasing for this puzzle is actually "What 2 coins make 30 cents if one of them is not a nickel?"

The answer of course is a 25-cent piece and a nickel. The question says only one coin can't be a nickel, and that's the 25-cent piece.

The correct statement of the puzzle is "What 2 coins make 30 cents if one of them is not a nickel?"

The answer of course is a quarter and a nickel - the quarter is the one that's not a nickel!

A quarter and a nickel. That makes thirty cents, and one of them is not a nickel (the quarter).

The two coins that are 30 cents are a nickel and a quarter.

Q: What two coins equal 30 cents but there aren't any nickels?

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