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Look at the following row of numbers:
15\quad 21\quad 4\quad 5\]
They are arranged so that each pair of adjacent numbers adds
up to a square number:
10 + 15 = 25
15 + 21 = 36
21 + 4 = 25
4 + 5 = 9
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row in the same way,
so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
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Can you arrange them in more than one way? If not, can you
justify that your solution is unique?
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