Megan thinks of a number.
She multiplies this number by 5 then subtracts 8.
Her answer is 32. What was Megan's original number?
Megan's friend thinks of a number.
She then does the following operations:
Multiply by 3, subtract 5, multiply by 3 then add 43 (in that order). She finds that the number she ends up with is 13 times her original number.
What was Megan's friend's original number?
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