# A simple twist on a classic puzzle

Given this sequence:

0, 4, 84, 212, 1940, 358036, 14113428, 127377044

What is the next item?

Hint:

The sequence is not based on any mathematical operations

Hint:

base

• Not in the OEIS, impressive. Oct 30 '19 at 15:59
• It's not difficult to come up with sequences that aren't in OEIS. What's impressive is coming up with ones that aren't there but deserve to be. (Which isn't quite the same thing as being suitable for a puzzle here, of course.) Oct 30 '19 at 17:22

The sequence is

The classical look-and-say sequence, but starting with a 0 and evaluated in base 4.

Proof:

\begin{align}0_4 &= 0 \\10_4 &= 4 \\1110_4 &= 84 \\3110_4 &= 212 \\132110_4 &= 1940 \\1113122110_4 &= 358036 \\311311222110_4 &= 14113428 \\13211321322110_4 &= 127377044\end{align}

Trivia:

Using base 4 is actually an interesting and meaningful idea because no digits can appear 4 times in a row in this sequence, so all "digits" are 3 or lower and thus valid in base 4.

Therefore, the next term in the sequence is

6006904289940, because $$1113122113121113222110_4 = 6006904289940$$