Logical Riddle: How Many Steps Does the Priest Climb?

Use your logical skills to answer this riddle.


A priest has a very precise ritual for climbing up the steps to the temple every morning.

He first climbs up to the middle step and meditates there for 1 minute.

Then he climbs up 8 steps and faces east and prays for 2 minutes.

Then he walks down 12 steps and picks up a pebble.

He takes one step up and tosses the pebble over his right shoulder.

Now, he walks up the remaining steps three at a time which only takes him 9 paces.

How many steps are there?


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