The sum of two numbers is 53. If twice the smaller is subtracted from the larger number, the result is 17. Find the two numbers.

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Let the two numbers be L and S.

The sum of the two numbers is 53

L + S = 53 ...(1)

Twice the smaller number subtracted from the larger number gives 17.

L - 2S = 17 ...(2)

(1) - (2)

=> L + S - L + 2S = 53 - 17

=> 3S = 36

=> S = 12

L = 53 - S = 53 - 12 = 41

The smaller number is 12 and the larger number is 41.

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