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What is the largest number $ x $ such that $ x_{16}, $ i.e. $ x $ in base 16, is a 5-digit long palindrome, where each digit appears at most twice? A palindrome is a number that reads the same forward as it does backward, such as 737 or 24542.

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  • $\begingroup$ @bobble It's Purely original, for a class I'm teaching! $\endgroup$ – Outsider Mar 22 at 23:55
  • $\begingroup$ Isn't the answer completely trivial? Or am I missing something? $\endgroup$ – loopy walt Mar 23 at 0:06
  • $\begingroup$ @loopywalt it is... lol $\endgroup$ – Outsider Mar 23 at 0:06
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This seems pretty simple, but is the answer

1043951?

This number in base 16 is

FEDEF, which is the largest five-digit palindrome in base 16 where each digit appears at most twice.

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