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You can work out the number someone else is thinking of as
follows. Ask a friend to think of any natural number less than 100
but not to tell you which number they have in mind. Then ask them
to tell you the remainders when this number is divided by 3, when
it is divided by 5 and when it is divided by 7. Now multiply the
first remainder by 70, the second remainder by 21 and the third
remainder by 15 and add the three answers together. Now subtract
multiples of 105 from this total to give as small a positive whole
number as possible. This will be the number your friend first
thought of. Test this out a few times and explain why it works.