This one is a little different than the IQ test type questions you may have seen before.

Which one of the bottom 4 tiles can complete the pattern? Why?

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Ignore the EXCEL background.


All RED DOTS are assigned a meaningful letter

  • $\begingroup$ Hmmm. I was looking for the first letter of spectral lines of Hydrogen, but nope, probably not. $\endgroup$
    – ABcDexter
    Nov 21, 2017 at 13:14

2 Answers 2


I would guess:


The red letters represent

P - Portugal
S - Spain
F - France
B - Belgium

The red dot with the black letter represent

capitals with the rough location inside the country
L - Lisbon
M - Madrid
P - Paris
B - Brussels

Which leads to

Germany with capital Berlin as the answer. While Netherlands (2) also lies east of Belgium, the capital Amsterdam is not on the east border. The other possible answers are:
1 - Switzerland (Bern)
3 - Italy (Rome).

  • $\begingroup$ On a lighter note, cannot I and R point to Iceland and Reykjavik( (option 3)? $\endgroup$ Nov 21, 2017 at 16:51

Well, w |'s answer has got it nailed, based on which I guess

it could be 2 (Netherlands and Amsterdam)


the path of traversal of the countries + capitals is heading towards NorthEast and hence Germany + Berlin can be safely ruled out.


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