29, 9, 1, 52, 44, 43, 34,
31, 25, 45, 28, 18, 15, 4,
24, 41, 35, 22, 19, 8, 12.
Most of the numbers in the list above can be added to another number in the list to give a sum of 53. Which numbers do not have a partner?
Topics: Starter  Arithmetic  Mental Methods  Number
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