Hi!
I have some trouble solving this problem for KVPY SB/SX 2016.
I could find out the number of crosses that happen between the ants which is 45 but couldnt find the number of *distinct* times in which atleast 2ants are at same position, which as per the key is 17.
I request you to help me with the solution.

PS: Sorry for the very small question image. I took a screnshot from the question paper and dont know how to resize it

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What I did: The 1st ant goes from 1 to 100. The 10th from 100 to 1. 2nd from 4 to 81.... and so on. Each ant travels a disoacement of 11(11-2k), the 1st crosses 9 ants, 2nd crosses 8 ants, 3rd crosses 7ants and so on... summing which gives 45 cross8ngs. But the problem is, these do not happen all at

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Can you solve for the distance and time that ant $i$ and $j$ meet? This will help us determine how distinct the (distance,time) is.

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