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At the start of a party, there were 56 chocolate and vanilla cupcakes on a plate. At the end of the party, there were 12 chocolate cupcakes and 14 vanilla cupcakes left. How many cupcakes were eaten during the party?

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At the start of a party, there were 56 chocolate and vanilla cupcakes on a plate. At the end of the party, there were 12 chocolate cupcakes and 14 vanilla cupcakes left. How many cupcakes were eaten during the party?

The question tells us that, at the end of the party, there were 12 chocolate cupcakes left and 14 vanilla cupcakes left. So if we calculate 12 plus 14, that will tell us how many cakes were left. 12 add 14 equals 26. There were 56 cupcakes at the beginning of the party. To find out how many cupcakes were eaten, we can calculate 56 take away 26. 56 take away 26 equals 30. So 30 cupcakes were eaten during the party.

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