Problem #1286


Elmo makes $N$ sandwiches for a fundraiser. For each sandwich he uses $B$ globs of peanut butter at $4\cent$ per glob and $J$ blobs of jam at $5\cent$ per blob. The cost of the peanut butter and jam to make all the sandwiches is $$2.53$. Assume that $B$, $J$, and $N$ are positive integers with $N>1$. What is the cost of the jam Elmo uses to make the sandwiches?

$\mathrm{(A) \ } 1.05\qquad \mathrm{(B) \ } 1.25\qquad \mathrm{(C) \ } 1.45\qquad \mathrm{(D) \ } 1.65\qquad \mathrm{(E) \ } 1.85$

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