It's not a duplicate of this puzzle, but I want to make another EASY pattern too.

(1) Fiji
(2) China
(3) Cyprus
(4) Indonesia
(5) Kyrgyzstan
(6) United States
(?) Israel

P.S. It's not 7 again!


Can anyone find any other country which has the number (1)? I can't!

  • $\begingroup$ Can you confirm Kyrgyzstan is (5)? $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Jul 8, 2017 at 9:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Rubio Yeah, of course. If not, I'm interested to know what pattern do you get. (Australia is 5 too, if you don't like Kyrgyzstan) $\endgroup$ Jul 8, 2017 at 9:12

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Israel's number is:


The number associated with each country is ...

... the count of the letters A, E, S and Y plus one. This is hinted at by the word EASY that appears in the title and in the question in all caps.


Fiji → 0 + 1
China → 1 + 1
Cyprus → 2 + 1
Indonesia → 3 + 1
Kyrgyzstan → 4 + 1
United States → 5 + 1
Israel → 3 + 1


Countries that have the number 1 are countries whose name doesn't use any of A, E, S or Y. Besides Fiji, these are Burundi, Djibouti, Morocco and Togo.

  • $\begingroup$ Perfect! I can't find more (1) countries because I did it manually, lol. How do you find countries without certain letters? $\endgroup$ Jul 8, 2017 at 11:25
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    $\begingroup$ When a question is about countries, I usually work from this list, which I've reformatted so that there's one country on each line. (I've also added Venezuela, which, oddly, is missing from the list.) Then I can run grep -vi '[easy]' on that file. (I do a lot of work with these Posix commands or with Python or with a simple C program, especially when looking for patterns.) $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Jul 8, 2017 at 13:18
  • $\begingroup$ @MOehm the list is missing its entire V section, including Vietnam and Vanuatu $\endgroup$
    – Kruga
    Jul 10, 2017 at 7:36
  • $\begingroup$ @Kruga: Oh, that's why. Good that at least the Vatican is filed under Holy See. (That looks like an edit slip-up; the V section was lost on the 21:22h edit on 18 April.) $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Jul 10, 2017 at 7:51

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