Like your hands, an abacus lets you count in fives and tens. The first pair of columns are for hours, the second pair for minutes and the third pair for seconds. The bead at the top of each column counts for 5 single beads. The beads in the main compartment of the left column each count for 10 single beads. The bead in the top compartment, left column, counts as 50.
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