Wow. It's all about spaghetti with you folks huh. Well plot twist! He has a new get-rich recipe for pie!

As usual you hide and listen the the passwords, this time to you decide to make a chart:

"10" -> "5"
"6" -> "3"

At this point your friend has had enough. He's been taken by security, trampled by elephants. He's tired of you being the one to get in. He tells you this will be the last time he goes for that recipe! He walks up to security and they give him the number "2" he whispers the number in their ear so you can't hear it and he gets in. Traitor!

It seems you arrived late and only got to hear 2 guests! So you walk up anyway and get the number "14" what's your response?

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    $\begingroup$ I bet no one's gonna waste their time posting an answer with 7, and that ends up being the correct answer... $\endgroup$ Nov 11, 2014 at 15:45
  • $\begingroup$ @Martin Usually it'd be the friend that makes the dumb answer XD $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Nov 11, 2014 at 15:46
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    $\begingroup$ It doesn't matter what you answer. Your friend whispered, "If you let me in, I'll point out the guy who keeps stealing the spaghetti recipes." $\endgroup$
    – Roger
    Nov 11, 2014 at 16:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Roger Funny haha +1 $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Nov 11, 2014 at 16:17
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    $\begingroup$ Need more than the two data points provided. Otherwise it could be any number of things. $\endgroup$
    – A E
    Nov 11, 2014 at 16:27

4 Answers 4


Realizing that my friend is cluing me in on the fact that the pattern is not the obvious one I confidently answer:


Because of course, my friend answered:

1 as well!

Had he not whispered it,

It would have confirmed the wrong notion that the answer is to divide by 2.

As a side note, I originally took some time to compose my own party question and didn't see this one until I was checking to see what the latest number was before setting the number on mine. Since my question has now been answered, I will lay out how I arrived at this number:

The new recipe is one for "Pie". The numbers index digits in Pi with a modulo added in to stop at the 5th digit.

1->3,  2->1,  3->4,  4->1,  5->5
6->3,  7->1,  8->4,  9->1,  10->5
11->3, 12->1, 13->4, 14->1, 15->5

  • $\begingroup$ Interesting answer, but no, this is not the pattern that the host has in mind this time. $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Nov 11, 2014 at 18:44
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    $\begingroup$ I don't understand. If this is not the correct answer, then why was it accepted? $\endgroup$
    – JRN
    Nov 12, 2014 at 12:33

The answer is 7.

Based on all the previous puzzles in this series, your friend always goes for the obvious solution. The obvious solution based on the 2 clues here is to take half of what the security guy tells you. This time your friend got in, so the obvious solution must be the correct one. So if they say "14" to you, then you should reply with "7".


The answer is


And incidentally, my friend's number was


You see, the key is that

You need to add a digit to make the entire number divisible by 7.
105 = 15 x 7
63 = 9 x 7
21 = 3 x 7 (28 would've worked as well)
140 = 20 x 7 (and 147 would've worked too)


Disappointed that my previous answer did not work, I get in my time machine and go back to the point right before I made my original answer, and instead I try:


Because my friend answered:


The reason being:

The host had some sort of thing with 5 and 3 whereby a two digit number was answered with 5 and a one-digit number was answered with 3.

  • $\begingroup$ Note quite. But um, A+ for effort. $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Nov 11, 2014 at 19:49

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