15 x 2☐ = 31☐ 304 x 1☐ = 5☐72 4☐7 x ☐61 = 15☐537 
☐6 x 5☐9 = 33☐44 ☐62 x 4☐4 = 36☐488 1☐57 x ☐96 = 13☐8972 
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15 x 21 = 315 304 x 18 = 5472 417 x 361 = 150537 
56 x 599 = 33544 862 x 424 = 365488 1657 x 796 = 1318972 
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