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by Brian Gladman on July 26, 2020

Sunday Times Teaser 3018 – Debased

by Howard Williams

Published Sunday July 26 2020 (link)

Sarah writes down a four-digit number then multiplies it by four and writes down the resultant five-digit number. She challenges her sister Jenny to identify anything that is special about these numbers. Jenny is up to the challenge as she identifies two things that are special. She sees that as well as both numbers being perfect squares she also recognises that if the five-digit number was treated as being to base 7 it would, if converted to a base 10 number, be the same as the original four- digit number.

What is the four-digit number?

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