10
$\begingroup$

I currently stand on point A, somewhere in Europe.

When I do my sequence here and if I start with 25, I get the following sequence:

25, 13, 7, 5, 4, 4, 4, 4, x, ...

When I step a few metres to the Southwest, I get the following sequence:

25, 10, 3, 5, 4, 6, 3, 5, y, ...

When I step a few metres to the East, I get the following sequence:

25, 14, 8, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, z, ...

Here $x,y,z$ are yet unknown integers, and the dots signify that the sequence continues indefinitely to the right. You may start to find $x,y,z$, but the harder question and actual puzzle is:

Where is point A?

$\endgroup$
1
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Note: I changed the puzzle since I cannot count. I'm sorry to those who spent time figuring something out that is not there. Credit goes to Gordon K for noticing. $\endgroup$
    – wythagoras
    Jan 20, 2016 at 16:15

1 Answer 1

10
$\begingroup$

The answer is:

Hoogste punt van Nederland (Highest point of the Netherlands)

The reasoning:

Using the trusty old "count the letters in the number" technique, I have found that Dutch fits the pattern for point A:
25 - vijfentwintig
=> 13 - dertien
=> 7 - zeven
=> 5 - vijf
=> 4 - vier
=> 4 - vier
=> 4 - vier
=> 4 - vier
=> 4 - vier ....

So the value for x is

4

Going southwest from Point A takes you to

Belgium where the official language is French
25 - vingt-cinq
=> 10 - dix
=> 3 - trois
=> 5 - cinq
=> 4 - quatre
=> 6 - six
=> 3 - trois
=> 5 - cinq
=> 4 - quatre ...

So the value for y is

4

Stepping East takes you to

Germany and the sequence here is
25 - fünfundzwanzig
=> 14 - vierzehn
=> 8 - acht
=> 4 - vier
=> 4 - vier
=> 4 - vier
=> 4 - vier
=> 4 - vier
=> 4 - vier
=> 4 - vier ...

So the value for z is

4

$\endgroup$
4
  • $\begingroup$ I cannot count. Sorry. The answer is correct! I wonder however why you didn't write the second sentence of the answer in English. $\endgroup$
    – wythagoras
    Jan 20, 2016 at 16:18
  • $\begingroup$ @wythagoras That's what Google maps calls it! $\endgroup$
    – Gordon K
    Jan 20, 2016 at 17:06
  • $\begingroup$ It means "Highest point of the Netherlands" by the way. I live pretty close to it :) $\endgroup$
    – Ivo
    Jan 20, 2016 at 18:10
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ Unrelated, but I am amused by the fact that just to the northwest of this location is a hedge-maze, and somebody actually went to the trouble of mapping it on Google Maps... $\endgroup$ Jan 20, 2016 at 20:18

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.