Two Twins and Tim

Where should the five friends meet to minimise the total walking distance?

Tim is represented by the circle marked 1

Each of the circles marked 2 represents a pair of twins.

They can only walk along the grid lines.

Choose a meeting point. Calculate the distance all five people will have to walk added together to get there. Is that the best place to meet?

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