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Stage: 3 Short Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Consider the colour at the top. There are $4$ different choices for this: red, yellow, green and blue. For the right hand colour, this can be any of the other $3$ colours that have not yet been used. The bottom colour can then be either of the other $2$ colours. The left hand part then has to have the remaining colour.

This means there are $4 \times 3 \times 2 \times 1 = 24$ different ways to paint all four sections. This means there are $23$ other ways to paint the tile.

This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
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