The media is abuzz with the news of the Abel Prize to Sir Andrew Wiles for his stunning proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem. if you are also passionate about Number Theory, here’s an appetizer for you:

**Problem:**

How many 7-digit numbers that do not start with nor end with 1 are there?

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Nalin Pithwa

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The above problem was posed in Gazeta Mathematica (GM-B), No. 11(1979), pp.421, Problem 17999

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