James Tanton tweeted (https://twitter.com/jamestanton/status/293127359291330561) that "16 and 9 are each square numbers, and putting them together, 169, gives another square" and he then asked for other examples.

Our challenge this month is to find integers x, y, and z such that concatenating x^2 and y^2 gives z^2, and that z has at least four consecutive nines.Update 2/6:the challenge stating that x,y and z should be non-zero.

The major hurdle in this problem is figuring out where in x-y parameter space to search. For x<1,000 and y<1,000, the are no more than two consecutive 9's and computing time starts to become an issue in Mathematica. For 1,000<x<10,000 and 1,000<y<10,000, there are three z values with three consecutive 9's. For a language such as Python or C++, the computing time would be significantly faster. I chose Mathematica for the ease of moving between data types.

I have not had much luck reducing the parameter space for viable solutions. Below is the brute force Mathematica code to show solutions with two or more consecutive 9's. The x or y value is at least 5 digits. I found some reliable ways of general solutions with three consecutive 9's, but the four 9 solutions were elusive for longer than I care to admit.