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Square of the Primes

Big Thanks to Puzzle GrandMaster Shawn for submitting this!

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Related: Sum of Primes!

UPDATE: will give a bit more time before unmasking answers! So far, Bobo & Hex are in

8 Comments to “Square of the Primes”


  1. Bobo The Bear | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    My first response (after about 30 minutes effort) is that only A=11 and A=101 will work. In both cases, A^4 is palindromic, meaning the final prime number is A itself. Cannot yet prove this. (BTW: I am going on the assumption that the picture is not meant to imply that A is an 11-digit prime. Although I am curious as to why that image was chosen.)


  2. Hex | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    Possible starting numbers: 11 and 101
    11^2^2 = 14641
    Reverse digits: 14641 -> 14641
    sqrt(sqrt(14641)) = 11


    101^2^2 = 104060401
    Reverse digits: 104060401 -> 104060401
    sqrt(sqrt(104060401)) = 101


  3. DanWebb | Profile

    Very difficult problem. How do I see the comments?


  4. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

    Yes! Those were the two solutions at which I arrived. I was hoping to find an answer that was not palindromic, which would have been much more interesting, but I reached the limits of Excel without finding such an animal.


    This little trick will work with any number of the form “100…001″ but, other than 101, no other such numbers are prime (at least not within the limits of my power to discover them).


    @Bobo the header image is a oblique nudge toward finding the first answer, 11, and recognizing the doublesquare=palindrome requirement. Plus, it was easy to find on an image search, and the color matches the webpage, so I guess you could call it destiny!


  5. suineg | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    Jaja, cool I thought it was an eleven digit prime…. thats why I gave up quickly man, the primes doubled squared gives you a 41 to 43 digit number jajajajaja, but cool man.


  6. Pavlen | Profile

    Why 11 digits? I tried 11 digit binaries, as decimals but could not find yet. Not easy to reverse numbers even in Excel. I could reverse, but have problems to copy then.


  7. MFox | Profile

    (11^2)^2 = 14641, which is a palindrome, so reverse it and take two square roots to get back to 11.


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