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1. I completely agree with him. I have also made a rule not to answer maths questions in life.

2. Osborne was right not to answer the question, but he handled the situation poorly.

It would have been nicer to see him try to flip the situation to his control - perhaps by leading and encouraging the children to recite the 7 times table out loud.

For a politician of George Osborne's calibre, the actual stutter and pause and doubt was far worse than the refusal to answer the question.
3. Because I'm not too good at maths, I invented or tracked down lots of shortcuts. I'd probably have quickly subtracted 14 from 70.
4. (Original post by Skip_Snip)
Because I'm not too good at maths, I invented or tracked down lots of shortcuts. I'd probably have quickly subtracted 14 from 70.
Most people, albeit it sub/semi-consciously will use some sort of shortcut, for this example there are 6 (really it's just 2) mains way s I can think of doing it:

1.0) The way you did it 7x10-(10-8)x7=70-2x7=70-14=56
1.1) Same, but doing it as 8x10-(10-7)x8...etc
1.2) Similarly, 5x7+(8-5)x7=35+3x7=35+21=56
1.3) Same, but other way around (and more likely than 1.2), 5x8+(7-5)x8=40+2x8=40+16=56
2.0) (the way I personally double check the memory pulled the right figure): 7x7+(8-7)x7=49+1x7=49+7=56
2.1) the other way around, 8x8+(7-8)x8=64-1x8=64-8=56.

Obviously, most of the bracketed stuff you wouldn't bother checking, you would just instantly recall it, but that would be the overall thought process (not considering subtraction though process as "x+14=70" rather than "70-14=x")

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