GeekDad Puzzle of the Week: Sam’s Sly Shipping Service

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This week, super-villain Jack Smith’s right-hand, Samantha Sly is shipping out counterfeit action figures to a number of duped toy stores around the US; she needs a little help with packing the shipping cartons. E-mail your solution to the puzzle by 10:00 PM EST Thursday evening for your chance to win a $50 gift code to ThinkGeek! Continue reading for the puzzle.

Samantha Sly, known by those who like pain as Side-Kick Sam, is tasked with shipping counterfeit action figures to a number of stores who think they are receiving the real deal.

This is what we know:
Side-Kick Sam has to have the figures shipped to toy stores in the following states. To protect the stores’ identities, we’ll just show the number of stores in each state.
Nevada: eleven stores
Colorado: four stores
Utah: three stores
Arizona: five stores
California: seven stores

To avoid suspicion and to handle unexpected problems, once on the road every truck must be able to be redirected to any of the states at the last moment, without any store receiving less than what they expected.

What is the minimum number of action figures Sam should have loaded onto each truck to guarantee that the deliveries go smoothly?

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