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A designer, attempting to arrange the characters of his artwork in the form of a square grid with equal number of rows and columns, found that 24 characters were left out. When he tried to add one more row and column, he found that he was short of 25 characters. Can you find the number of characters used by the designer?

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Let him initially make the grid of size 'x'

we have x^2 + 24 = total character used

also, (x+1)^2 - 25 = total character used

x^2 + 24 = (x+1)^2 - 25

(x+1+x)(x+1-x) = 49

2x+ 1 = 49

x = 24

total character ...