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The park has two ends, A and B, where A is the end closer to the shopping mall and B the end closer to the restaurant. The route taken by Mandy is: shopping mall → A → park → B → restaurant. Sandy's route is the reverse: restaurant → B → park → A → shopping mall. Thus when I say that the girls enter the park at the same time, I mean that Mandy reaches point A and Sandy reaches point B simultaneously.

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Next question (harder): At what time did both girls enter the park?

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Mandy has just done her shopping at the shopping center; now she is hungry and wants to go to the restaurant for lunch. Sandy has just had something to eat at the restaurant; now she wants to go to the shopping center and buy some clothes. A park is situated between the shopping center and the restaurant. Mandy sets off from the shopping center at 2:00pm, walks through the park, and arrives at the restaurant at 2:30pm. Sandy leaves the restaurant at 1:43pm, takes the same route through the park (but in the opposite direction) and gets to the shopping center at 2:23pm. Both girls enter the park at the same time and Mandy leaves the park 4 minutes earlier than Sandy.

First question (easy): Find the time (to the nearest minute) at which both girls meet.

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