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What two coins make 30 cents and one of them is not a nickel?

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The two coins that combine to make 30 cents are a nickel and a quarter. The riddle is very specific in mentioning that only one of the coins is not a nickel, meaning that the second one is a nickel.

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What two coins make 30 cents and one of them is not a nickel?
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This tricky riddle was featured on the American television show "Scrubs." J.D. poses the question to the Janitor. Instead of coming up with the simple answer of a nickel and a quarter, the Janitor researches coin history at the library and determines that the answer is a penny and a rare, out-of-mint coin that costs 29 cents to a specialty collector.

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