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Table Total

Age 14 to 16 Short Challenge Level:


In each row of the table, the third cell contains the sum of the contents of the first two cells.

In each column of the table, the third cell contains the sum of the contents of the first two cells.

What total would you get if you added up the contents of all nine cells?







This problem is adapted from the World Mathematics Championships

You can find more short problems, arranged by curriculum topic, in our short problems collection.