by Howard Williams
Published Sunday May 10 2020 (link)
James has decided to lay square block paving stones on his rectangular patio. He has calculated that starting from the outside and working towards the middle that he can lay a recurring concentric pattern of four bands of red stones, then three bands of grey stones, followed by a single yellow stone band. By repeating this pattern and working towards the centre he is able to finish in the middle with a single line of yellow stones to complete the patio.
He requires 402 stones to complete the first outermost band. He also calculates that he will require exactly 5 times the number of red stones as he does yellow stones.
How many red stones does he require?`