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Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

If the flag is reflected twice, which way will it be facing at the end?

Try thinking about how one point on the flag moves after one and then two reflections.

Together, these should help you describe the transformation needed for the whole flag.

The solution to Mirror, Mirror... might help.