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A pattern that repeats every six symbols starts as shown below: $$ \heartsuit \:\: \clubsuit \:\: \heartsuit \:\: \diamondsuit \:\: \heartsuit \:\: \spadesuit \:\: \heartsuit \:\: \clubsuit \:\: \heartsuit \:\: \diamondsuit \:\: \heartsuit \:\: \spadesuit \:\: \ldots$$ What are the $100^{\text{th}}$ and $101^{\text{st}}$ symbols in the pattern?

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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.

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