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Stage: 3 Short Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2
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Given any positive integer $n$, Paul adds together the distinct factors of $n$, other than $n$ itself.

Which of the numbers $1$, $3$, $5$, $7$ and $9$ can never be Paul's answer?


If you liked this problem, here is an NRICH task that challenges you to use similar mathematical ideas.

This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.