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Not a Polite Question

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

When asked how old she was, the teacher replied:

My age in years is not prime but odd
and when reversed and added to my age
you have a perfect square.

Or you can reverse and subtract, and
again you have a perfect square.