# Eating humble pie

**Algebra**Level 2

I wanted to make some cottage pie for dinner, and so I went to my neighborhood butcher and asked for the price of a pound of beef. He knew that I liked math, and told me that "A pound of beef and a pound of mutton would cost 1040 cents, 2 pounds of beef and 1 pound of crab would cost 2120 cents, and 2 pounds of mutton and 1 pound of crab would cost 1708 cents."

I then cried out "No more! I just want to know the price of a pound of beef!"

Help me out here, what is the price of a pound of beef in cents?