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Age 7 to 11
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In sheep talk the only letters used are B and A. Sequences of words are formed as follows:

The first word only contains the single letter A.

To get the next word in the sequence change each A in the previous word into B and each B in the previous word into AB.

Write down the first ten words in this sequence.

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