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A Perplexing (Prime) Puzzle (Posted on 2007-06-05) Difficulty: 4 of 5
Consider the quadruplets (p,q,r,s) of positive integers with p>q>r>s, and satisfying pr+qs= (q+s+p-r)(q+s-p+r).

Is it ever the case that pq+rs is a prime number?

See The Solution Submitted by K Sengupta    
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More number crunching | Comment 2 of 5 |

After looking over the raw data, I noticed that for the values I looked at that gcd(p+s, q-r) always divided pq+rs.  A brute force search confirms this through 700>=p.   I still dont know how to prove it though.


  Posted by Brian Smith on 2007-06-07 22:08:55
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