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A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

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• Once pupils have understood the rules of combining digits in this puzzle the next step is to develop some strategies. Click on the button lower down this page to generate another version of this puzzle from random numbers. Even armed with a calculator and paper many pupils will opt for a mental method to home in on the correct answer.
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• Can you also subtract?

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• My class says this is impossible to solve! Thank you.
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• This isn't possible?

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• Clue - not all numbers are single digit.

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