Consecutive Integer Problem

 

There was an old woman from Devon

With children piled up to the heavens!

Her first seventeen

Had ages quite keen -

Consecutive integers totaling 187!

 

Now here's what I want you to do:

Use simpler problems for clues.

Then write an equation,

You'll see, it's amazing.

What Gauss pointed out is quite true!

 

Next solve the equation you wrote.

Each child's age be able to quote.

You really aren't through

'Til a full check you do.

Then for less children you'll surely vote!