Mary thinks of a number. "If I double my number and add 5 the answer is 41"
Mason thinks of a number. "If I multiply my number by 2 and add 3 the answer is 15"
Matthew thinks of a number. "If I add 3 to my number then divide the result by 2, the answer is 7"
Maya thinks of a number. "If I multiply my number by 6 and subtract 3 then multiply the result by 6, the answer is 2 less than 164"
What numbers are they thinking about?
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