Following my posting of a Tortuously Tricky Triangle Puzzle, my friend Peter Traneus Anderson (a.k.a. Traneus Rex) sent me a short, sharp, and simple email saying:

Find ‘a’ and ‘b’ such that (a + b) = (a * b) = 2

It wasn’t long before I replied saying, “You are making my brain ache.” Shortly thereafter, Peter revealed the answer, at which time I slapped my forehead while exclaiming, “Of course!”

How about you? Do you know the answer?

(FYI I just posted the answer in a Cunning Calculators follow-on blog)