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Jenny and Tom have a set of cards numbered 1-7.  Jenny chose three cards at random, and Tom chose two of the remaining cards. Jenny told Tom: "I can deduce that the sum of the numbers of your cards is even". What was the sum of the numbers on Jenny's cards?

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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.