Problem of the Week 816

Five out of Ten

Given a set X of integers let S(X) be all sums of all 5-element subsets of X.

Are there two sets, X and Y, of ten elements each so that S(X) = S(Y)?

Source: Leningrad Math Olympiad

Bonus: (I don't know the answer to this one). What if 5 is replaced by 2? (but the 10 is retained).

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2 October 1998