I've been tasked with solving the following system of equations and it seems like I am stuck:
$$a-x^2=y$$$$a-y^2=z$$$$a-z^2=t$$$$a-t^2=x,$$where $a$ is a real number, for which $0\leq a\leq 1$. I thought the best way would be to subtract some equations from each other and the exploit $x^2-y^2=(x+y)(x-y)$. Even some estimates could be useful, since we have an estimate for $a$. However, I put this system of equations to WolframAlfa and the solutions (depending on $a$) looked very uneasy. In general, I have got very little experience in solving quadratic systems of equations like this one, could somebody please point me in the right direction? Thanks a lot!