Problem #2125


In $\triangle ABC$, $AB = BC$, and $\overline{BD}$ is an altitude. Point $E$ is on the extension of $\overline{AC}$ such that $BE = 10$. The values of $\tan \angle CBE$, $\tan \angle DBE$, and $\tan \angle ABE$ form a geometric progression, and the values of $\cot \angle DBE,$ $\cot \angle CBE,$ $\cot \angle DBC$ form an arithmetic progression. What is the area of $\triangle ABC$?

[asy] size(120); defaultpen(0.7); pair A = (0,0), D = (5*2^.5/3,0), C = (10*2^.5/3,0), B = (5*2^.5/3,5*2^.5), E = (13*2^.5/3,0); draw(A--D--C--E--B--C--D--B--cycle); label("\(A\)",A,S); label("\(B\)",B,N); label("\(C\)",C,S); label("\(D\)",D,S); label("\(E\)",E,S); [/asy]

$\mathrm{(A)}\ 16 \qquad\mathrm{(B)}\ \frac {50}3 \qquad\mathrm{(C)}\ 10\sqrt{3} \qquad\mathrm{(D)}\ 8\sqrt{5} \qquad\mathrm{(E)}\ 18$

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