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Author: Annie Fetter
Description: Geometry, difficulty level 3. One house is 300 yards from a highway. 1200 yards down the highway is the driveway to another house, 600 yards from the highway, on the same side of the road. What is the shortest distance between the two houses if you go to the highway in between?

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