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For each pair of numbers subtract the sum from the product then divide the result by 20 without using a calculator.
At least one of your answers is wrong.
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Dividing by twenty is a lot to ask,
But an easier method will help you.
Dividing by ten is a much easier task,
Then divide your answer by two!
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