Mr Penberthy’s Problem | Colin

It turns out I was wrong: there is something worse than spurious pseudocontext. It’s pseudocontext so creepy it made me throw up a little bit:

This is from 1779: a time when puzzles were written in poetry, solutions were assumed to be integers and answers could be a bit creepy…

— Chris Smith (@aap03102) April 4, 2017

Yeah, I know: things were different, 250-odd years ago, but still, ew.

I managed to put my disgust to one side for long enough to solve the thing, though – at least, partly.

We’ve got:

(1) $x^3 + xy^2 = 4640y$

(2) $x^2y – y^3 = 537.6x$…

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