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Could you please give the answer to this puzzle. I can't seem to find the answer anywhere.

(source, by user Kyu on Reddit)

Additional insight by Kyu from reddit:

Shared by Kyu: "Though I will say that [the puzzle] has a slight 'inconsistency' that might throw someone off early. I think I'll keep it the way it is, it's like a puzzle that has degraded a bit but has a perfect answer." (source)

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling.SE! Where is this puzzle from? We require puzzles to be attributed to the original source, otherwise it could be construed as plagiarism. $\endgroup$
    – F1Krazy
    Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 10:49
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    $\begingroup$ F1Krazy, sorry I am new to this. Thank you for pointing it out :) $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 11:01
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    $\begingroup$ Do we even know what this is asking us to do? I can't figure out what it wants me to solve.... $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 21:19
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    $\begingroup$ @NegativeFriction I suspect you have to pick which of the alternatives (1 through 6) fits into the lower-right-hand corner of the grid on the left to establish a rule through each row or column of the grid. $\endgroup$
    – ZanyG
    Commented Jan 3, 2020 at 9:40
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    $\begingroup$ @ZanyG that makes so much more sense than everything was trying to puzzle out. Something tells me I won't be solving this one if I needed help to determine what it was asking in the first place lol $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 3, 2020 at 12:48

1 Answer 1


If the sum of column x in the top two rows of boxes is 4 then the x+1st column (taken mod 9) in the bottom row of boxes is empty; else it contains 2 squares. Thus the answer is 6.enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ Can you visualize this answer or demonstrate the steps? I didn't understand your answer at all $\endgroup$
    – Adib
    Commented Jan 14, 2020 at 22:21
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    $\begingroup$ @Adib I edited my answer with a picture. $\endgroup$
    – gyancey
    Commented Jan 14, 2020 at 23:15
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    $\begingroup$ How can you tell which of the squares in each column of the bottom boxes are filled? Is it just that only one of the options has the required square count? $\endgroup$
    – ZanyG
    Commented Jan 15, 2020 at 5:15
  • $\begingroup$ So the Yellow/Greyish doesn't add anything to the problem? Where do you get any clue about shifting by 1? Same numbers mapping to different patterns, and same patterns mapping to different numbers? I'm not a puzzle expert but to me it looks like a crafted solution rather than genuine. $\endgroup$
    – Ignasi
    Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 14:53
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    $\begingroup$ Agree with @Ignasi, I'm not sure I'm convinced. $\endgroup$
    – mmking
    Commented Jan 18, 2020 at 5:22

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