This is not a mathematical puzzle.

How can 14 become 7?
10 becomes 1, but can also become 2.
13 becomes 8, and 8 becomes 10.
6 stays as 6 under this thinking.

Credit to the series Deltora Quest for this riddle concept. I merely changed one thing about it, and used different numbers. If any of you have read it, you'll get why this is in spoiler tags!

Hint 1:

Don't think of the second in the pair as numbers... perhaps having them in tally form may help you? Some more pairs: 15 becomes 4, as well as 3. 10 can also be 5 or 9, along with 1 or 2 (maybe I should say... "one" or "two"?).

Since answer was found, OP note:

The original puzzle used 11 and 9, and e's were written as "E". As mentioned above, I changed the "E" to a pitchfork shape, eliminating one tally.

  • $\begingroup$ Not a mathematical puzzle, still the use of no-computers. $\endgroup$ – Manoj Kumar Jul 26 '18 at 9:41
  • $\begingroup$ Yes! The puzzle does not require mathematical knowledge, and you could find out what the puzzle was quite easily if you looked up my credits spoiler. Additionally, the solution to this puzzle is best drawn on paper- $\endgroup$ – iiiidk Jul 26 '18 at 13:43

This is because

the first number is the number of sticks required to create the second number in words, ie. it takes fifteen sticks to make the word three.Fifteen Becomes Three

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    $\begingroup$ There it is! Yes, and the same... "font", so to say, can be applied to the rest of the numbers as well. $\endgroup$ – iiiidk Jul 26 '18 at 14:05
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! I loved the rot13(Qrygben Dhrfg) series, I'm so glad to see it's still got some readership! $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Jul 26 '18 at 14:09

That's because:

14 = 6 + 8
6 stays as is
8 becomes 10
10 becomes 1
6 + 1 = 7

15 = 13 + 2
13 becomes 8
8 becomes 10
10 becomes 1
1 + 2 = 3

  • $\begingroup$ Please use spoilers. $\endgroup$ – trolley813 Jul 26 '18 at 5:07
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for giving the puzzle some thought! Alas, this puzzle has nothing to do with math of any kind. Since the puzzle is over 12 hours old, I'm adding the first hint :) $\endgroup$ – iiiidk Jul 26 '18 at 13:40
  • $\begingroup$ "...math of any kind" or replacement of numbers, I should say. But you are definitely close with the thinking that numbers are getting "moved around" in some way, though with themselves. $\endgroup$ – iiiidk Jul 26 '18 at 13:47

My try:

(Note that I know nothing about the Deltora Quest, and the rule may be too far-fetched for the given numbers.) The rule is: If your number is too large*, divide it by five if you can**, or divide by two if you can, otherwise spell your number out in words and take the letter count. If your number is small, spell out your number twice and take the letter count again.
So, 15 -> 3 (divisible by 5, so 15/5=3), 14 -> 7 (divisible by 2, so 14/2=7), 10 -> 1 or 2 (10/5=2 or (10/5)/2=1, depends on the 'or' interpretation as exclusive or not), 13 -> 8 (13 is not divisible by 2 or 5, so 13 (thirteen) -> 8 letters), 8 -> 10 (8 (eight) -> 5 letters -> 5*2=10), 6 -> 6 (6 (six) -> 3 letters -> 3*2=6).
Note that dealing with letters count makes (in my opinion) the puzzle non-mathematical, since it depends at least on the language the puzzle is written in.
* "small" numbers mean one-digit ones, "large" all others.
** "if you can" means if the result is an integer.

  • $\begingroup$ You are close with the "otherwise..." idea! That is the right track. You also bring up a good point about language; I will add that tag. $\endgroup$ – iiiidk Jul 26 '18 at 13:38

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