Take any pair of two digit numbers x=ab and y=cd where, without loss of generality, ab > cd . Form two 4 digit numbers r=abcd and s=cdab and calculate: {r^2 - s^2} /{x^2 - y^2}.

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What is the largest number which, when divided into each of $1905$, $2587$, $3951$, $7020$ and $8725$, leaves the same remainder each time?

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