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Albert Einstein is experimenting with two unusual clocks which both have 24-hour displays. One clock goes at twice the normal speed. The other clock goes backwards, but at the normal speed. Both clocks show the correct time at 13:00.

At what time do the displays on the clocks next agree?

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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.

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