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Ten stones, of identical shape and size, are used to make an arch, as shown in the diagram. Each stone has a cross-section in the shape of a trapezium with equal sides. What is the size of the smallest angles of the trapezium?

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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.

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