The numbers on blue shapes are the sums of the two hidden numbers on red circles at the ends of the lines. What are the hidden numbers?

## A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

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## Extension Puzzle

How difficult would the Pentadd puzzle be without the diagram? Imagine five numbers, randomly chosen, are added together in pairs to produce the following ten sums in no particular order. Can you figure out what those five numbers were?

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