# Minesweeper confusion

I'm getting a bit confused about something I keep encountering when playing minesweeper. I keep seeing the following formation:

?????
?1x1?
?1x1?
?????


Surely those 1's should be 2's, as each one is adjacent to both of the mines in the centre? My initial thought was that this is a bug, but I've encountered it on multiple website versions of minesweeper. Am I missing something, or is this just a common shared bug?

## 1 Answer

The crossed-out mine at the top means "there was no mine here, but you incorrectly placed a flag". There is only one mine next to them, and it's the one highlighted in red; the other one is not actually a mine.

• Right, that makes much more sense. Thanks! – Alexander Sheppard Sep 15 '20 at 19:55