Problem #1486


Rachel and Robert run on a circular track. Rachel runs counterclockwise and completes a lap every $90$ seconds, and Robert runs clockwise and completes a lap every $80$ seconds. Both start from the start line at the same time. At some random time between $10$ minutes and $11$ minutes after they begin to run, a photographer standing inside the track takes a picture that shows one-fourth of the track, centered on the starting line. What is the probability that both Rachel and Robert are in the picture?

$\textbf{(A)}\ \frac {1}{16}\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ \frac18\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ \frac {3}{16} \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ \frac14\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \frac {5}{16}$

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