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TopNewestset $p^2+7pq+q^2=m^2$, so

$(p+q)^2+5pq=m^2$. So $5pq= (m+p+q)(m-p-q)$. It follows, given that $m-p-q<m+p+q$, that

$m-p-q$ is either $5, p, q, 5p, or 5q$. We can assume $q>p$ and exclude the last possibility.

$m+p+q=2p+2q+5$. So $pq=2p+2q+5$ and $(p-2)(q-2)=9$. So the only solution is p=3 and q=11 so m=19.

If $m-p-q= p$, then $m+p+q=5q$. Then $m= 2p+q=4q-p$, which implies $p=q$. This is excluded.

Same for $m-p-q=q$.

If m-p-q=5p. Then m+p+q = q which is impossible.

So (3,11) and (11,3) are the only solutions;

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