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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O the interesting names on this site

So many interesting names here on this site. And so many patterns. Can you fill in the question marks with 2 out of 4 choices with explanation? _ ? _ UselessInfoMine _ BreakingMyself _ ? _ ...
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The Jumbled Jaunts of Jormungandr

Jormungandr, the Snakebot of Doom has left New York. The world's armies and air forces have been decimated and cannot stop it. It has moved on from New York, and has flattened the following North ...
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Find the other wheel

This 17-gonal wheel is to be spun counterclockwise. Find the other missing wheel. Believe me, I needed a computer to find the wheels! Subtle hint: Moderate hint: Decisive hint:
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Together we are? (It's not what you see that counts)

Try make sense of this little puzzle below. The full answer is twelve letters long but it's usually abbreviated. The numbers below are arranged in order ...
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What number is missing in the pentagon? [closed]

What number is missing in the pentagon? Puzzle from: https://www.rondogo.sk/hra/
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What is a Watchful Word™?

This puzzle is based on and inspired by the What is a Word™ series started by JLee that have grown into Word™, Phrase™, and Number™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a certain rule, I call it a ...
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Alice and friends talk politics

There ought to be a law Back from her winter holiday, Alice left Bob behind to meet up with her friends Camila, Codie, and Oralia. Before long talk turns to politics. Oralia gestured as she spoke, &...
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What is a Compound 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 Compound Word™. Use the examples ...
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What is a Hot & Cold Word™?

This puzzle is based on and inspired by the What is a Word™ series started by JLee that have grown into Word™, Phrase™, and Number™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a certain rule, I call it a Hot &...
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Help Alice and Bob find common interests

After their recent financial division our friends Alice and Bob thought they had seen the last of each other. To their surprise, they ran into each other over their winter holidays, both having ...
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What is a Spike Word™?

This puzzle is based off the What is a Word™ series started by JLee If a word satisfies a certain property it is called a Spike Word™. Here are some examples: Spike Words™ Not Spike Words™ MAGNUM ...
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Inscrutable IQ Tests

I'm stuck on some of these IQ tests and I'd really appreciate some help deciphering them. Can you extract the message?
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Progressive matrix of circles with crosses/circles on the border and geometric shapes in the center

What is the solution to this problem? Source: https://www.master-hr.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-a-cognitive-test/
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What is a Chess Number™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with Number version puzzles. If a number conforms to a special rule, I call it a Chess Number™. Use the following examples ...
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Math riddle puzzle

I stumbled upon this math puzzle over one android app. You need to find the unknown number in the puzzle. 92 = 725 61 = 215 74 = 327 52 = ? According to the author ...
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What is a <ay.puann Word™?

This puzzle is based off and inspired by the What is a Word™ series started by JLee that have grown into Word™, Phrase™, and Number™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a <ay....
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PSE Advent Calendar 2021 (Day 6): Naughty or Nice?

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling StackExchange Advent Calendar 2021. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > Santa had a ...
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Help Alice and Bob divide up their finances

Our friends Alice and Bob must separate their finances. They divide up the first 18 items as follows. Alice Bob Apartment House Fee Owe Purchase Sell Money Income Lease Borrow Debt Loan Tax ...
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Sequences on an IQ Test

I found this IQ test (http://free.ultimaiq.net/nse.htm) and can't seem to solve questions 18 and 19: Q18: 120, 10, 3, ?, ? Q19: 41, 23, 61, ?
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What is the pattern in this IQ test problem?

The image is a little bit confusing. But the pattern is supposed to be 2 > 4 > 6 > 8 > 10 (the answer) > 12 circles This one really had me scratching my head. I noticed that the bottom ...
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Pattern recognition. Could be very easy

What pattern is in the Puzzle below? What replaces the "?". You have 4 choices. Hint
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...do as the Romans do

When in Rome, do as the Romans do...
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A number puzzle that is not really about relations between numbers

Here is a puzzle, the somewhat tricksy answer to which is a matter of counting letters, albeit not as a postman would. What is the last number? ...
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I have created a number puzzle in which the answer is a particular number

Find the missing number as indicated by the question mark. Note: the last number, 34, is not a typo. ...
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What's the missing number in this 3x4 matrix? [closed]

$$ \begin{matrix} 3 & 3 & 5 & 6 \\ 2 & 3 & 6 & 1 \\ 7 & 6 & 3 & x \\ \end{matrix} $$ This math puzzle is supposed to be solved by middle school ...
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Bookshelves: Einstein's place

Another picture of my bookshelves. I can't work out where to shelve my puzzle book. Can you help me?
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Different solution of a norway mensa IQ test question [closed]

I am thinking about this question: The public solution is But I think I have another working solution, but I wasn't able to find any validation. I think it's Did I miss anything or is this also a ...
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Flying high with my travel agent

"Hi Pat." "Did you get the proposed trip I sent over? Better book soon, because this big-city tour is going fast!" "Well, if this is the route map you want me to choose from, ...
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IQ test question - squares, triangles, dots

I have this question from a friend. We have no idea where to start. What is the correct answer and reasoning? Source: "Ghid de pregătire pentru concursul de directori/ directori adjuncți din ...
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Who? What? Where?

WHO did WHAT, and WHERE? PHILIP CAUGHT A BIG C LY NADINE DEEMED TIRAMI WAY MATTHEW FELT THE TARM YAK PETE FRETTED A LOT ABOUT C EEK AGO QUINN HAD TO G HIONERS ERICA NOW HOME MISSED H NICALLY ...
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Modification of 100 lightbulbs problem (everyone flips 100 bulbs each)

This is a modification to the usual 100 lightbulbs in a room puzzle. Like before, the first person flips the switch of every lightbulb. However, while the second person also starts from the first ...
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Circling the rectangle: A strange IQ problem

I'm sure you're all familiar with pattern recognition puzzles where you have to find the next picture in a sequence. Well, I’m completely stumped on this one… Can you help? There is a sequence of ...
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We Need to Extract Frank’s Site Rankings

I asked my friend Frank to rank his favorite Stack Exchange sites from 1 (favorite) to 10 (least favorite). This is the feedback he left, but I got them a little mixed up and don’t know which he ...
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Grid of evens and odds

Fill in this grid of numbers and explain your reasoning. Warning: this is a very mean puzzle! No hints will be provided. ... or maybe they will :) The template for this puzzle was provided by 🌮Taco🌮...
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Can you solve this sortpher?

(Sort-cipher, heh heh.) This is a follow-up to "Bees sting." = [1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 5, 6, 4] If, indeed, "Bees sting." = [1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 5, 6, 4], then can you reverse-engineer ...
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Spin the letter-cogwheels!

Two rows of five horizontal cogwheels each are installed in a wall. Each cogwheel has five cogs protruding from the wall at any time. On each of these cogs is printed a single letter or a blank space. ...
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"Bees sting." = [1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 5, 6, 4]

If "Bill mops." = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] and "Bees sting." = [1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 5, 6, 4] then "These make up words like feathers make birds." = [?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, 1, ?, ...
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How to Sort the Bugs

There have been a lot more proto-bugs growing in the water at the bathhouse. Some of them have been caught, and you've been sent to sort them by kingdom. Unfortunately for you, you haven't been given ...
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The messy chemist

This morning I walked into my Chemistry teacher's office to ask him a question and felt my foot collide with something. I looked down at the floor and saw a load of Periodic Table element flashcards ...
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What would make the correct solution more correct than this solution to this MENSA question?

This is a mensa question. The given solution is that the first number in a row multiplied by the second gives the last two rows: 9*2=18 6*4=24 5*7=35 8*8=64 However, it looks like you can also ...
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How do I ring my friend's doorbell?

My friend, a curmudgeon who dislikes visitors, recently installed a puzzle-doorbell. It consists of ten push buttons in a row, labelled from left to right: ...
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I need another shape 💠

Given the pattern above, which shape is next, and why?
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What is the pattern here? Rolls of five dice correspond to numbers [duplicate]

What is the pattern in this puzzle?
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Pairs of hourglasses with lines and shapes between - what piece is missing? [closed]

I was given this as a quick challenge, but the underlying pattern behind it eludes me entirely. What am I missing from the diagram? I don't have an answer to the question as well.
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You can count on Sergeant Sequence

"Ah, Sequence, there you are," said the Chief Investigator as Sergeant Sequence entered the briefing room. "Your man Patrick Terne is on the move again, and we need your help to track ...
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Simple puzzle, but that's not the point - what's the significance of the spacing of the shelves?

We had a cabinet that used to contain CDs. We liked the cabinet but had to admit that we hadn't taken them out for years. We decided to put some shelves in the middle (the outer ones will have hanging ...
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Cryptic Crossword: Parallel Universes

This is my first post! Feel free to let me know of any points of constructive criticism you have. Cryptic Crossword: Parallel Universes What you see before is not one puzzle, but four: each from an ...
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What is a Scary Number™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a number conforms to a special rule, I call it a Scary Number™. Use ...
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Colorful Puzzle

This puzzle is based on the squares before the one that says, "what color is this?". This is a sequence of squares, try to follow the rule(s) for the puzzle. Can you solve it?
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Colorful Pattern Puzzle with Arrows and Warning Signs

This is my first time on Puzzling Stack Exchange. I challenge you to solve this puzzle I made, impossible to everyone else except for me as far as I know. Can you solve it?

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