Editorial for Valentine's Day '18 J2 - Stop the Scammer
Submitting an official solution before solving the problem yourself is a bannable offence.
Since the final, cease-and-desist will receive the sum of the claps of all the previous articles, and is not counted in the answer, then the clap-value of each article can be doubled.
Brute force is the intended solution. Add ~2X~ to a total clap count and subtract ~Y~ from ~X~ per iteration. Iteration should stop when either the ~X~ value hits ~0~ (articles will no longer count for claps) or when the sum of claps reaches the goal.