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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Smashing Seven Segments

The Setup Consider a 5-by-5 grid of 7-segment displays, "smashed together" so that the peripheral segments of neighbouring displays overlap (see below).             ...
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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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Sticking Numbers

Try to figure out the answers from the 2 patterns below. Find all the 10 digits first. Rotate if necessary. A: What is the missing number? [?] [10] [11] [9] [11] B- What is ...
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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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Find the missing number in this transformation

I've recently come across this puzzle. 2,5,8 = 122348 3,5,4 = 181224 7,4,6 = 352230 5,3,10 = 203340 3,9,4 = ? I was able to figure out 30**40 but couldn't proceed ...
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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 is a Lifelong Word™?

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 word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Lifelong Word™. Use the ...
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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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An Olympic Connecting Wall

In honor of Rio 2016, here’s a connecting wall about the Olympics! The 16 clues below can be sorted into four connected groups of 4. What are the groups and their connections? Text version: Parry ...
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Connecting Wall

These sixteen words can be divided into four groups of four, each of which has something in common. What are the groups, and what are the connections between them? (Inspired by the British TV show ...
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Word Connect: Find the relations if you can!

These 16 words can be classified into 4 groups with 4 related words in each. What are those relations and groups? FROYO SPARKLE QUARK NEOPRENE GELATO POLYMER FLICKER CUPCAKE DAZZLE ECLAIR LATEX ...
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119, 019, 609, 809, ?, 909 - A number sequence

119, 019, 609, 809, xxx, 909 What is the underlying principle here? Source: 2.2., 4, https://www.helsinki.fi/sites/default/files/atoms/files/psykologia_valintakoe_2019.pdf
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Old Mensa Norway Question 32 - lines above a square

The answer is the option in the spoiler, but I can't quite figure out why. Source: This question was on the Mensa Norway IQ Test, but now is on the Mensa Finland IQ Test.
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IQ question - Spades and Clubs inside of boxes

This is a question from https://international-iq-test.com/ Here is my attempt at a solution, though it's too convoluted so it's probably wrong:
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I need another shape 💠

Given the pattern above, which shape is next, and why?
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Petals around the rose

You roll 5 dice and I'll always be able to give a number uniquely-defined by the numbers on the dice. You have to figure out how it works, without looking it up. Here's a couple example rolls: 1,2,3,4,...
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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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What is a selfish Word™?

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 word conforms to a special rule, I call it a selfish word. Here is a ...
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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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Only Connect - Connect Wall #1

There's a well-known British game show called Only Connect, which tests your ability to come up with the connections to things which are very hard to relate. One of the staples of the show is the ...
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No Sound in Space

I hear there is no sound in space. But you are not in space so should have no trouble solving these. (These are related/themed cryptic clues, more or less. They may or may not be valid or fair, in the ...
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Your typical math sequence

1, 2, 16, 4, 16, 16, 52, ?, 52, 16, 52, ?, 40, 52, ? What are these question marks? a) 8, 16, 160 b) 16, 8, 190 c) 52, 16, 160 d) 8, 25, 90 e) Impossible to determine
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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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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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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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Visual puzzle with two 3x3 grids with black and white tiles added to each other to get a third

I am trying to answer this visual puzzle - which of the five potential answers is correct, and why? Source: http://www.admissions.yildiz.edu.tr/images/files/ytuyos2018.pdf
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How do I solve this numerical puzzle? 6*3*5 = 183033, so 8*2*9 =?

I am trying to answer this numerical puzzle - which of the five potential answers is correct, and why? 6*3*5 = 183033 5*4*3 = 201532 7*2*7 = 144928 8*2*9 = ? Possible answers: A) 177335 B) 167230 C)...
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What does the ▲ operation do here? 15 ▲ 13 = 14, so 18 ▲ 12 =?

I am trying to answer this puzzle - which of the five potential answers is correct, and why? I. 15 ▲ 13 = 14 II. 10 ▲ 14 = 12 III. 25 ▲ 5 = 15 IV. 18 ▲ 12 = ? A) 20 B) 18 C) 16 D) 15 E) 13 This ...
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What does the ♥ operation do here? 2 ♥ 5 = 13, so 5 ♥ 24 =?

I am trying to answer this puzzle - which of the five potential answers is correct, and why? I. 2 ♥ 5 = 13 II. 4 ♥ 10 = 74 III. 3 ♥ 2 = 29 IV. 5 ♥ 24 = ? A) 146 B) 147 C) 148 D) 149 E) 150 This ...
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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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Find the missing number: A Pentagonal pattern puzzle

This question is from a free aptitude test on naukri.com (image) This question is based upon the figure shown below. $$ \begin{array}{|ccc|c|ccc|c|ccc|} \; & 41 & \; & \; & \; & ...
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Mapping days as a 4 digit number!

I have a puzzle that includes mapping days as a 4 digit number. Sunday: 6137 Monday: 6240 Tuesday: 7358 Wednesday: 9497 Thursday: 85?? The first digit is just the number of characters and the second ...
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An international affair: Find the common property in incorrect equations

Chaos at the international conference for world leaders: What should have been a peaceful exchange of ideas for common growth quickly exploded into hostility shortly after the German speaker addressed ...
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What is common between the words?

What is common between the following words and names? Sweden Ashton Kutcher salmon dogs Emma stone Germany elk Chicago Miami Margot Robbie heart transplant countryside
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The London safes and their mysterious combinations

Here's the first riddle I invented for Puzzling SE. Hope you'll enjoy solving it. This story takes place during World War II. A German spy is assigned the task to sneak overnight into a military base ...
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Should You Take the Pill?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #50: Escape Rooms Your head is throbbing like mad. You try to get your bearings as you look around the laboratory. Shattered beakers and spilled chemicals are ...
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What is a Fun Puzzle?

What is a Fun Puzzle? I was curious to learn what makes a puzzle Fun so that I could devote my time to only working on Fun Puzzles. With that goal in mind, I set out to make a list of Fun and Not Fun ...
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A maze of placed faces

Twenty-nine images of famous people have been specifically selected and carefully placed so as to form a maze (below). However, two of the images - both of US Presidents - have been redacted (marked '...
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A 4x4 grid puzzle with one missing number

I can't find any logical relationship in this grid! Could someone help me, please? \begin{array}{|c|c|c|}\hline 7 & 4 & 1 & 7\\ \hline 4 & 8 & 9 & 3\\ \hline 5 & 6 & 4 &...
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What is a Zirconium Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee. I copied the array code - hope you guys don't mind. =) If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Zirconium Word™. ...
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Find the three missing numbers down the diagonal of a grid

Which of the 5 answers fits the grid, and what is the pattern? ? 4 2 5 ? 9 6 12 ? A. 13-21-18 B. 10-18-19 C. 12-20-19 D. 11-22-15 E. 19-19-19 Original image found on Reddit
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Why are these known sports listed in that order?

This is a list of known sports: Golf Tennis Baseball Bowling Basketball Do you know why they are listed in that order?
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What is a Written Word™?

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 word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Written Word™. Use the ...
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What is a Mono Word™?

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 word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Mono Word™. Use the ...
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What is a Tetris Word™?

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 word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Tetris Word™. Use the ...
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What is a Fade Word™?

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 word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Fade Word™. Use the ...
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What is an Amoeboid Word™?

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 word conforms to a special rule, I like to call it an Amoeboid Word™....

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