Curious Numbers

June 28, 2016

Today’s exercise is in the style of Project Euler, so the rules are that your solution must not use more than a minute of computer time and that you can’t peek at the solution until you have the answer yourself.

Some numbers have the curious property that when they are squared, the number appears in the least-significant digits of the product. For instance, 6252 = 390625, and 71063762 = 50543227109376.

What is the sum of all numbers less than 1020 that have this curious property?

Your task is to find the sum described above. When you are finished, you are welcome to read or run a suggested solution, or to post your own solution or discuss the exercise in the comments below.


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