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Weekly Problem 1 - 2010

Stage: 3 Short Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

One can see the greatest number of cubes when looking at three faces at once. We count the cubes on each face, giving $3\times 11^2=363$ cubes, but have to subtract from this the cubes along the three edges that have been counted twice, and then add back for the cube at the corner for which three faces are visible. The final quantity is $363-(3\times 11)+1=331$ cubes.

This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.

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