# Are you ready for the AIME?

Probability Level 5

The Annual Interplanetary Mathematics Examination (AIME) is written by a committee of five Martians, five Venusians, and five Earthlings. At meetings, committee members sit at a round table with chairs numbered from 1 to 15 in clockwise order. Committee rules state that a Martian must occupy chair 1 and an Earthling must occupy chair 15, Furthermore, no Earthling can sit immediately to the left of a Martian, no Martian can sit immediately to the left of a Venusian, and no Venusian can sit immediately to the left of an Earthling. The number of possible seating arrangements for the committee is $N \times (5!) ^3$. Find N.

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