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 Simple number trick (Posted on 2016-06-29)
A. Have someone write down a 3 digit number.

B. You write down the same number.

C. Have them write down another 3 digit number. (Don't let them write 999.)

D. You write down the number whose digits are 9-complements to theirs. i.e. If their first digit is 7 your first digit is 2. Try not to let them notice this.

Astound them by quickly computing (A*B)+(C*D).

 See The Solution Submitted by Jer Rating: 2.5000 (2 votes)

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(In reply to comment by Charlie)

And of course you are correct.  There is an error in the expression to be computed.  I don't care to square 3-digit numbers mentally.

A better challenge may be:  Find an expression that is easily calculated mentally, but is not immediately apparent.

 Posted by Jer on 2016-06-29 10:45:33

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