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Finally he says choose either of the remaining two as the third digit and write the only remaining digit after it. In each case there are 2 choices for the third digit and hence each of the three two digit numbers above expands to two three digit numbers. Hence this gives you six three digit numbers. In each case there is only one choice for the final digit. Thus you get
Now go back and choose a different first digit and repeat the process. Harley  


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