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a(n) = minimal difference between two distinct n-digit numbers with property that when one of them is typed into a calculator and rotated 180 degrees, the other one is seen.
If n is even, a(n) is 6 followed by (n - 2) / 2 zeros. If n is odd, a(n) is 3 followed by (n - 1) / 2 zeros.
EXAMPLE
a(3) = 30. If one types 595 into a calculator and rotates it 180 degrees, they will get 565. 595 - 565 = 30. With a little thought, it is provable that 30 is the smallest possible difference.