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Age 14 to 16 Short Challenge Level:


What value of $x$ makes the mean of the first three numbers in this list equal to the mean of the last four?$$15\qquad 5 \qquad x \qquad 7 \qquad 9 \qquad 17 \qquad$$


This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
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