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Choose any 3 digits and make a 6 digit number by repeating the 3 digits in the same order (e.g. 594594). Explain why whatever digits you choose the number will always be divisible by 7, 11 and 13.

Divisible Digits

Age 11 to 14 Short Challenge Level:

I wrote down a 4-digit number that was divisible by 3, 4, 5 and 6, but I spilt a cup of tea on it and can only see the first two digits.

The first two digits are 95 (in that order). What were the last two?

This problem is adapted from the World Mathematics Championships
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