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Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Here is an alternative and more unusual version of the "Think of a Number" trick which you may have heard of before.

numbers 0-9

Think of two whole numbers under $10$.

Take one of them and add $1$.
Multiply by $5$.
Add $1$ again.
Double your answer.
Subtract $1$.

Add your second number.
Add $2$.
Double again.
Subtract $8$.
Halve this number and tell me your answer.


From your answer I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?

Choose some different pairs of numbers and repeat the process.
Can you figure out how the trick works?

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