This is a difficult Starter so there is a prize of a watch if you can complete it.
For each pair of numbers multiply the sum by the difference then divide the answer by 5 without using a calculator.
At least one of your answers is wrong.
Congratulations, all of the answers are correct.
You have won a watch. You can watch this sheep for as long as you want!
A Starter which is similar to this one but slightly harder is Multiply, Add, Subtract and Divide.
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Dividing by five is a great deal to ask,
But an easier method will help you.
Dividing by ten is a much easier task,
Then multiply your answer by two!
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