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Libby Jared helped to set up NRICH and this is one of her favourite problems. It's a problem suitable for a wide age range and best tackled practically.

Below 400

Stage: 4 Short Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1


Note that the number at the end of the $n$th row is $n^2$, so 400 will lie at the end of the 20th row. The row below will end in 21$^2$, i.e., 441, so the number directly below 400 will be 440.

This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.