Caden thinks of a number. "If I double my number and add 4 the answer is 36"  Caleb thinks of a number. "If I multiply my number by 3 and add 6 the answer is 39"  
Cameron thinks of a number. "If I add 6 to my number then divide the result by 2, the answer is 8.5"  Carlos thinks of a number. "If I multiply my number by 3 and subtract 3 then multiply the result by 4, the answer is 3 less than 171" 
What numbers are they thinking about?
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