Based on this puzzle.

Solid lines mean multiply, dashed lines mean add. Put numbers in the circles to make the calculations work out.

Solving this is equivalent to factoring the cubic .

This version of the puzzle is not pedagogically useful, but still interesting from a graph theory standpoint.

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