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I found this problem on 9gag and I have no idea how to solve it.

Here is the question:

$13+7=1130$

$88+9=47$

$32+28=2530$

$10+999=1149$

$444+77=61$

$55+111=56$

$21+0=1221$

$7+22=39$

$33+5=38$

$123+45=???$

The puzzle says to think outside the box.

Here is the image:

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    $\begingroup$ Well, the ones' digits are all correct, so the answer probably ends in 8... $\endgroup$ – Joe Z. Jul 12 '15 at 19:34
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    $\begingroup$ If possible I think it might be wise to source/link where you go this puzzle from if you just copied it. $\endgroup$ – Mark N Jul 13 '15 at 14:45
  • $\begingroup$ Sure, 9gag.com/gag/azVrZRj $\endgroup$ – Jorge Fernández Jul 13 '15 at 14:48
  • $\begingroup$ Looking at your latest edit, is the answer supposed to have three digits? $\endgroup$ – mmking Jul 13 '15 at 14:58
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    $\begingroup$ Not sure if it's relevant, but in the original the 1s and the kerning around them are odd. $21+0=1221$ almost looks like $21+0=\lvert 22 \rvert$ to me. $\endgroup$ – Edward Jul 13 '15 at 16:25
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You just have to be descriptive in your addition:

13 + 7 = one 1 one 3 + one 7 = 1113 + 17 = 1130
88 + 9 = two 8 + one 9 = 28 + 19 = 47
32 + 28 = one 3 one 2 + one 2 one 8 = 1312 + 1218 = 2530
10 + 999 = one 1 one 0 + three 9 = 1110 + 39 = 1149
etc.

So the final solution is

123 + 45 = one 1 one 2 one 3 + one 4 one 5 = 111,213 + 1415 = 112,628

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  • $\begingroup$ +1 Nice! The sad thing is, in trying to figure this out last night, I thought of the "look-and-say numbers", as featured in this Numberphile Youtube video featuring John Conway, but I still didn't make the connection! $\endgroup$ – JLee Jul 14 '15 at 15:03
  • $\begingroup$ Wow... Well this solution just reminded me of another good puzzle I know... probably need to save it for a bit. $\endgroup$ – Going hamateur Jul 14 '15 at 17:38

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