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Can you find three consecutive even numbers that...

...total 85,008 when multiplied together?

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Answer

42, 44, and 46.

Reasoning

As we require 3 numbers that are multiplied together, we can start with the cube root of 85,008 = 43.9696761...

We can check that 44 divides 85,008 exactly: 85,008 ÷ 44 = 1,932, which means that 44 is likely to be one of the numbers.

And as we know that we need consecutive even numbers we soon find 42 and 46 as the remaining numbers.

Double-Checking

42 x 44 x 46 = 85,008.

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