Given three disjoint circles A, B and
C of unequal radii situated entirely in each other's exterior,
the common internal tangents of circles A and C meet in Y, the
common internal tangents of circles A and B meet in Z and the
common external tangents of circles B and C meet in X. Then the
points X, Y and Z are collinear.
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