Square Thinkers

Miss Pie

Miss Pie thinks of a number
then squares it.

Thag

Thag thinks of a different
number and squares it.

Russ realises that his number squared is equal to the other two square numbers added together.

What numbers did
these people think of?

Russ

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Pythagorean Triple


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