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Nine Colours

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

You have 27 small cubes, 3 each of nine colours.

Use the small cubes to make a 3 by 3 by 3 cube so that each face of the bigger cube contains one of every colour.

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