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Leap Monday

Age 11 to 14 Short Challenge Level:

In 2016, the 29$^{\text{th}}$ of February was a Monday. When will be the next leap year when the 29$^{\text{th}}$ of February is a Monday?


This problem is adapted from the World Mathematics Championships
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