The Parker Square

The Parker Square is a mascot for people who give it a go but ultimately fall short.

The semi-magic square was devised by Matt Parker in an attempt to create an elusive 3x3 square meeting two criteria:

- 9 unique square numbers

- Adding to the same value along all rows, columns and diagonals.

Unfortunately Matt's square failed on both counts - but at least he tried!

You can now celebrate Matt's "achievement" with commemorative t-shirts and stickers.

UPDATE: And now mugs and button/pins.

Sebastien Miquel (left) cracked a real Magic Square... Matt was less successful but equally jubilant

Sebastien Miquel (left) cracked a real Magic Square... Matt was less successful but equally jubilant