Same Same

Cole and Vanessa

Cole and Vanessa are both the same age.

Cole multiplied his age by five, subtracted three then multiplied the answer by five.

Vanessa multiplied her age by twenty four then added four

Cole and Vanessa arrived at the same answer as each other.

How old are Cole and Vanessa?

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