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Right in the Middle
 
Q The numbers in the middle column are related in some way to the numbers in the left and right columns. How are they related?

3 42 8
5 51 3
8 61 2
7 53 5


 
A In each row, the middle number is the product of the number on its left and the number on its right, but backwards.

STRATEGY: Look for a pattern.

Source: Scholastic, Mensa Number Puzzle for Kids, puzzle 184