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An ant is crawling in a straight line from one corner of a table to the opposite corner when he bumps into a one centimetre cube of sugar. Instead of crawling round it, or eating his way through it, he climbs straight up and over it before continuing on his intended route. How much does the detour add to the length of his journey?

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