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Monthly Puzzle Contest March 2018 | Edition #54- Make 187 -

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Puzzle Image Using the numbers 2, 2, 3, 3, 5, and 5 (in any order), can you write a mathematical expression (e.g. (5*5)*(3+3)-(2/2)) with a result equal to 187?

You may use any of the four BASIC math operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) as well as parenthesis. Some additional rules:

1. You are not required to use all six numbers.
2. You may NOT join numbers (e.g. 5 and 3 to make 53).
3. Please use the following symbols for operators (+, -, *, /).
4. You may only use a number as many times as it appears above.
5. Can't get the target? Submit your best answer (result closest to 187).

Use the button below to evaluate your expression. Remember, parenthesis are allowed and are likely necessary to arrive at the target number.
E.g.: (5*5)*(3+3)-(2/2)
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