Questions tagged [pattern]

A puzzle in which you spot the pattern that links a set of given data items (like numbers, letters, music tunes). Usually, you use your insights into the pattern to find one or more new elements of the set.

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Wordplay addition paradox

There are words from which you can remove a "chunk", leaving a new word. Like this: ...
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Wordplay subtraction paradox

There are words from which you can remove a "chunk", leaving a new word. Like this: ...
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What happens on Day 6?

My friend, who works in a Library, has recently learned about Puzzles, in general, and Puzzling Stack Exchange, in particular. He was excited and has sent me this puzzle to "test" the users of PSE. ...
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Find the wrong number in the given series: 6, 12, 21, 36, 56, 81?

The following problem was given to me by one of my friend: Find the wrong number in the given series: $$6,\, 12,\, 21,\, 36,\, 56,\, 81 $$ ? A) $21\,$ B) $12\,$ C) $36\,$ D) $56$ and ...
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Find the missing number in the grid [closed]

Help! I'm trying to figure out this question and I can't do it. Am I brain dead?
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How to find number of times sequence element $1$ is approached and from where?

Suppose i have sequence 1,-1,-1,-1,-1,-1 ........-1 .Now i start jumping from first sequence element (i.e 1 in this case) to next one .If i jump from 1 to -1 then element -1 will remain as it is.if i ...
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Grammy Winners Grading

Prologue. I am bored. I have divided the Grammy winners in the past few years into the following tiers, according to a specific and objective criterion. How did I categorise them? The ...
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Modulus Operandi

These words have a remarkable form of self-symmetry: ANDROCENTRIC CONDESCENDED EXTRATEXTUAL RESETTLEMENT SUBMERSIBLES What is it? Afterword: It is ...
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pattern recognition riddle

does anybody see in this pattern recognition riddle a reasonable solution? source: https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/visual-pattern-recognition-test.921583/
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What is the missing item in this symbolic or numerical series/set?

Determine the missing item. I I I I V V V V XV XV XV XV XVI XVI XVIII XVIII XVIII XVIII XIX XIX XX XX XX XX ?
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Find the missing Number?

This is Tricky Puzzle That Will Totally Blow Your Brain. Source with answer: Note: if you answer, do it with an explanation.
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Tricky riddle from sister

This is a short riddle from my 12 year old sister. Can you solve it ? $3 + 3 = 8$ $2 + 2 = Fish$ $0 + 0 = Glasses$ $1 + 1 = M$ $7 + 7 = ?$
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A queue of countries

This is a queue of countries: $Ireland, Guinea, Romania, Italy$ Values: $Ireland = 7$ $Guinea = 15$ $Romania = 60$ $Italy = 87$ Try to answer following questions: 1) $Mali$ = ? ...
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Stacking countries

This is a stack of countries: $Russia$ $Gabon$ $Germany$ $Indonesia$ Values of the countries: $Russia = 8$ $Gabon = 12$ $Germany = 8$ $Indonesia = 6$ Question: Try to find ...
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he and she - er und sie

The formula $HE=\sqrt{SHE}$ translates in German to $ER=\sqrt{SIE}$. Find the solution for both, where each letter represents a digit. (These are two separate puzzles: digits represented by S and E ...
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try to discover the pattern

Can you find the following circle in this image ? Discribe the angles at which a line intersects the circle.
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A Magical Compass

On a walk through the Aelordern forest, a young man found a small brass compass on the ground next to the overgrown forest trail he was strolling on. He opened it eagerly and admired the elaborate ...
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What is the missing number in set B?

A {6, 2, 2, 2, 16, 2} B {37, 37, 3, 3, 3, ?} The numbers in set A relate to one another through a numerical or abstract pattern. Set B has a similar or a somewhat contrasting pattern .The task in ...
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A programming puzzle without code

The goal of this puzzle is to find a sequence of max 5 commands that will move the triangle through the maze and visit all colored squares. Three types of commands can be used: F0 makes the sequence ...
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What's the solution of this Raven's matrix? (2) [duplicate]

here's another matrix which I don't understand: What's the solution and why? Thanks!
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What's the solution of this Raven's matrix?

I'm practicing with Raven's Matrices but I don't understand this one. What's the solution and why? Thanks!
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What are the missing members in this sequence based on the digits 0 to 9?

Find the missing members? 0, 0, 2, 0, 2, 3, 0, ?, ?, ? Hint 1
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A simple association between letters and numbers

$X$ is 5. $U$ is 9. $O$ is 0 or 7. $I$ is 4 or 5 or 7. What is $V$? And what is $K$ (two options)?
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Find the missing number in the matrix [closed]

Find the missing number, $x$, in the following matrix $$\begin{matrix} 16 & 13 & 9\\ 11 & 8 & 6\\ 9 & 7 & x \end{matrix}$$
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Who are the Missing Members of this Noble Family?

Could you please find the Missing Nobles? $118$, $?$, $54$, $?$, $18$, $10$, $?$
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You have (3^2 + 2^3 + 2^2) Guesses Left. Figure out the Last one

Getting bored of all the sequences (including mine)? Here is a little different one for you. What is the last one in the following: C, H, O, P, S, ? Tell me why?
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What is the next item in the following sequence?

11111111, 333333, 5555, 77, ? Find the most complete and simplest solution that fits.
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I Want Some Ice Cream

This is similar to the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. Giving credit where credit is due. I was sitting at Landra Hort's Mystery Ice ...
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More important than the destination

This puzzle is the 26th and final part of Gladys' journey across the globe. If you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. Spoiler alert: This puzzle gives ...
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Pattern analogy (2x4 binary)

Really struggling with this one, hope you guys can crack it. ...
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What is an Outside Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it an Outside Word™. Use the examples ...
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9x9 Map Path: In and out next to each other?

This isn't something I read in a book or anything, it's more of a puzzle I thought up for myself. However, I am unable to find a solution. Here's my problem: If I create a 9x9 checkerboard, and ...
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Drums and punctuation

This puzzle is part 19 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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What is an Even Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it an Even Word™. Use the examples ...
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What is a Useful Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Useful Word™. Use the examples ...
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Hiker’s Cabin Mystery | Pt. VII

Congratulations to @GarethMcCaughan for his victory on the long unsolved Part II of this mystery! Kudos! Part VIII will hold a not-so-fun twist! Solve this one quickly, and we can get to it! New ...
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Five Letter Boxed puzzles with special solutions

The New York Times hosts a brilliant puzzle called Letter Boxed. The rules of the game are quite simple: Connect letters from the edges of a given square to spell out words at least three letters ...
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Bookshelves 3 - what's my hobby?

Everybody needs a leisure activity. Most of the books I need for mine are downstairs, with none in the bedroom. But as I like to keep an eye on things I have this (unsorted) pile by my bed to remind ...
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Fill The grid - 3.0

Can you fill this grid ? Version ($\pi$) In text: ?14516 243748 120581 17186? 01?857 HINT 1 HINT 2 HINT 3
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Fill the grid - 2.0

Can you fill this grid ? (Version 2.0 ) Text version 714523 191303 165088 213443 573211 91?12?
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Bookshelves 2 - what am I reading?

Here's a picture of my fiction bookshelf. Every book has its place, and no part of the sequence can be duplicated. The fifth novel from the left is missing as I'm half way through reading it. What am ...
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Fill the grid (pattern)

Can you guess what comes in place of the question mark? Here's a text-based version of the table: ...
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Check out my bookshelves

It's always fun seeing what other people have on their bookshelves. Here's one of mine. But this isn't just a chance for a quick snoop - what I want to know is How are the books ordered? Hint 1 (...
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Sequence problems!

Sequences (make sure to look in a fiction book!) MROGVW, tVPGaML, BdAMaC, ?, IPaUPC, aODFCtV, EHMbtH, ?, ?, ?, GGaL, IGSwaP, WVtJotG, IHaDP, IWSET, WMtDoEBB, IPoaFMEP, AFSG, ?, IGaNEfC What are the ...
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My cryptic bookshelf

I have a cryptic bookshelf that I keep fiction books in. However, some of them are lost, and I don't know which ones go where! Shelf One: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan Thunder and Shadow ...
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Fill in the missing letters [closed]

Can you fill in the missing letters in the below sequence? s,?,?,n,?,?,h,e I have tried planets, periodic table, compass points, dates, months, days etc... Please help! I have been told by an ...
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Could they have avoided it?

Weird undiscovered disease slams twins equally. Did they catch it in Lyon, Turin or Barcelona? Hint
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My own interesting puzzle

I’ve come out one fun puzzle for you all to solve NITLKVXW ==> (>,<,X,<,>,>>,<,?,?,?,?) What’s the symbols in four question marks? Hint: Turn
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How to solve this number-sequence?

My friend gave me this fun puzzle to solve but I still cannot figure out the logic between them... 1,3,4,7,8,11,14,15,19,22,23,25,26,?,?,?,? Could anyone help me solve it?
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Can a “select a missing 3rd symbol” puzzle made at least a bit difficult?

Looking at all the Mensa IQ test puzzles, usually there are two rows with in total 6-8 symbols and where you need to choose the last one properly to match the pattern. I wonder whether at least a bit ...