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One needs to find the number under the car.

A picture of some parking spaces from the top down, appearing to be numbered "16, 06, 68, 88, ??, 98"

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This puzzle isn't actually Chinese by origin. All the stuff about a "Hong Kong admission test" was picture-edited in. –  Joe Z. Jun 27 '14 at 4:04
I have been sent here by the internet to certify that this image has never been edited before. It is exactly how it appears in the Hong Kong Elementary School Admissions Test. "via 9gag.com" is Mandarin for "Good luck kids" –  Oli Jun 27 '14 at 14:36
It's not plausible that a Hong Kong elementary school admissions test question would be written in Simplified Chinese characters. –  200_success Jun 27 '14 at 18:44
I imagine that since Hong Kong is a part of China again, any official publications might be mandatorily published in Simplified Chinese. But definitely, the colours and the difference in fonts make the scenario totally implausible. –  Joe Z. Jun 28 '14 at 14:40
@JoeZ: that could probably be researched rather than imagined, but I admit that doing so is beyond the scope of this site. Sceptics would be another matter ;-) –  user1501 Jun 29 '14 at 9:25

3 Answers 3

If you look at the numbers upside down, they read 86, __, 88, 89, 90, 91. The number that fits this pattern is, of course, 87.

Therefore, the space as the picture is currently viewed should be filled in with L8.

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I am conflicted over whether to upvote this. It made me laugh. You have plenty of rep, so the positive comment will have to do. –  Ross Millikan Jun 27 '14 at 4:17
I was conflicted myself over whether it was better suited as a comment or an answer. The positive comment suffices. –  Joe Z. Jun 27 '14 at 4:36
L8 was my answer also! :) –  justhalf Jun 27 '14 at 10:27
Just one comment. Everything you said here is true. But you bolded L8 like it is the answer, meanwhile it is not, since the questions asks for a number of the parking slot, not "what is written there?". –  klm123 Jun 27 '14 at 11:16
You can probably tell that this answer was intended to be mostly facetious. –  Joe Z. Jun 27 '14 at 14:59
up vote 26 down vote accepted

I believe the most obvious answer is:

There is a usual sequence of numbers, we're just looking at it in the wrong direction. The numbers of the parking spots must be viewed from the outside in, as a driver would see them, which is upside-down from the current view.

The shown numbers are: 86, ??, 88, 89, 90, 91. Therefore the answer is 87.

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Answer is 87. Actually the numbers are in simple order (from 86 to 91) but are upside down.

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