Bus number puzzle

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While visiting a small town in the United States, I lost my overcoat in a bus. When I reported the matter to the bus company I was asked the number of the bus. Though I did not remember the exact number I did remember that the bus number bad a certain peculiarity about it. The number plate showed the bus number as a perfect square and also if the plate was turned upside down.? the number would still be a perfect square—of course it was not?
I came to know from the bus company they had only five hundred buses numbered from 1 to S00.
From this I was able to deduce the bus number. Can you tell what was the other number

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    By experiment’we find that the only numbers that can be turned upside down and still read as a number are 0, 1, 6, 8 and 9.
    The numbers 0, 1 and 8 remain 0, 1 and 8 when turned over, but 6 becomes 9 and 9 becomes 6. Therefore the possible numbers on the bus were 9, 16, 81, 100, 169 or 196. However, the number 196 is the only number which becomes a perfect square when turned over because 961 is the perfect square of 31. Therefore 196 is the correct answer.

    John123 Expert Answered on 26th July 2015.
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