# Problem #1263

 1263 A license plate in a certain state consists of 4 digits, not necessarily distinct, and 2 letters, also not necessarily distinct. These six characters may appear in any order, except that the two letters must appear next to each other. How many distinct license plates are possible? $\mathrm{(A)}\ 10^4\times26^2\qquad\mathrm{(B)}\ 10^3\times26^3\qquad\mathrm{(C)}\ 5\times10^4\times26^2\qquad\mathrm{(D)}\ 10^2\times26^4\qquad\mathrm{(E)}\ 5\times10^3\times26^3$ This problem is copyrighted by the American Mathematics Competitions.
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