Understand the problem

We are given $1978$ sets of size $40$ each. The size of the intersection of any two sets is exactly $1$. Prove that all the sets have a common element.

Source of the problem

Austrian-polish mathematical Olympiad 1978

Topic
Combinatorics
Difficulty Level
Easy
Suggested Book
An Excursion in Mathematics

Start with hints

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Fix one set and use PHP to find out how many times its elements are repeated.
Let us fix S as one of the sets. There are 1977 other sets and only 40 elements in S, so some element x\in S is contained in at least 50 other sets. Call these sets S_1,S_2,\cdots S_{50}.

Prove that the element x found in hint 2 is common to all the sets.

Let T be a set such that x\notin T. Consider the sets \{T\cap S_i\}_{1\le i\le 50}. They are all singleton sets and they are pairwise distinct (prove it!). This means that T has more than 50 elements, which is a contradiction.

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