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The diagram shows a large equilateral triangle divided by three straight lines into seven regions. The three grey regions are equilateral triangles with sides of length $5\;\mathrm{cm}$ and the central black region is an equilateral triangle with sides of length $2\;\mathrm{cm}$.

What is the side length of the original large triangle?

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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.

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