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On the first day, a patient takes one-third of all pills from a container. On the next day, the patient takes one-third of the pills that are left in the container. Altogether, he took 15 pills from the container.

How many pills were there where in the container, to begin with?

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Answer: 27.
Let X be the number of pills in the container. Then, on the first day the patient takes 1/3X pills. On the second day the patient takes 1/3(X-1/3X) pills. Therefore, we have 1/3X + 1/3(X-1/3X) = 15. Solving for X, we get X=27.

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