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Thomas and Megan

Thomas and Megan are both the same age.

Thomas multiplied his age by four, subtracted two then multiplied the answer by five.

Megan multiplied her age by nineteen then added four

Thomas and Megan arrived at the same answer as each other.

How old are Thomas and Megan?

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