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Hand Swap

My train left London between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. and arrived in Paris between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. At the start and end of the journey the hands on my watch were in exactly the same positions but the minute hand and hour hand had swopped places. What time did the train leave London and how long did the journey take?

Six Minutes Past Eight

Stage: 3 and 4 Short Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

What is the obtuse angle between the hands of a clock at 6 minutes past 8 o'clock?


If you liked this problem, here is an NRICH task which challenges you to use similar mathematical ideas.



This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
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