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Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

To make a Magic W you have to put the numbers 1, 2, ...,9, one in each circle, so that each row of three numbers has the same total. Experiment to find as many different magic totals as you can using the interactivity from the Magic W problem from May 2003 .

W shape made up of 9 circles , a to i

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Prove that you cannot form a Magic W with a total of 12 or less. Also prove that you cannot form a Magic W with a total of 18 or more.