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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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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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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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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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Words sequence please help [on hold]

My friend gave those word sequences,you basically need to find the word that best fit the x line:trigon::circle:x Cone:ellipse::circle:x Primus:current::ultimo:x Cube:tetrapod::tetrahedron:x ...
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What is a Koffka Word™? (also: Connect the Clues!)

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 Koffka Word™. Use the following ...
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What is a Fortunate 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 Fortunate Word™. Use the following ...
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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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What is a KMorG Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. (ApoloGies in advance, I seeM to be havinG soMe trouble with My Keyboard today.) If ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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What is a DID WORD™ and an AID WORD™?

This puzzle is based off the What is a Word™, What is a Phrase™ and What is a Number™ series started by JLee. If a word conforms to a certain rule, I call it a DID WORD™. If the rule fails in last ...
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Sequence puzzle

This is a sequence puzzle I found online which I'm stuck on: 452801, 773924, 102410, 471056, ? I figured out how to get from the first number to the second (+3, +2, +1, +1, +2, +3) for the digits, ...
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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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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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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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Continue the number sequence

Some minor misunderstanding last week inspired me on creating this puzzle. Hope it would be not very boring :) Sequence: 10 50 100 306 356 562 ... What`s next? Hint:
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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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What is a Brutal 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 Brutal Word™. Use the ...
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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 ...
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Special flights

What links Southwest Flight 3551 Iberia Flight 3692 Aeroflot Flight 6582 Can you name another flight in this unusual group?
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Sum letters are not two different

The following letters all have something in common which may not be obvious at a first glance: A B D H P No other letters share this attribute. Hint More ...
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What is the next number in this sequence?

Can you determine the next number in the below sequence? $1.0 , 4.0 , 6.9 , 9.0 , 10.8 , 12.0 , 14.0 , 16.0 , ?$ Bonus: Determine the next number that comes after '?' Note: I'll post some hints if ...
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Pattern Recognition

Can someone help me solve this IQ-test-like puzzle and predict the pattern? There are two questions above - please provide your answer of choice and reasoning for each. Here is another one I found to ...
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Can't figure this one out.. What is the missing box?

I've been stuck on this for ages, and can't figure this out. What is the missing box, and the logic behind the answer? This was taken from a Korn Ferry Leadership Assessment practice trial.
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Bongard Problem

it comes from http://www.foundalis.com/res/bps/foundal/p162.htm What you need to do is to distinguish the patterns on both sides, what is the common feature on the left and what is the common feature ...
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What is a Russian 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 Russian Word™. Use the examples ...
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Pattern Recognition: $7 \star 8$ =?

The following pattern was given to me by one of my friends: If $$\quad 5 \star 5 = 10$$ $$\quad 6 \star 6=18$$ $$\quad 7 \star 7=36$$ then $$\quad 7 \star 8 = ?$$ a) $54 \quad$ b) $51 \...
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Bongard Metapuzzle

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #38: Reusing Information 1 A Bongard Problem is a problem where you have 6 symbols on either side of a line. The symbols on the left follow a certain rule, ...
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Riddle Poem Four

Here's a quick little puzzle I thought up. If you want to be really creative write out a last line for me, otherwise let me know what the sequence is and what comes next. My pattern is simple, But ...
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Bongard n°4: Neutral vs Town

This is my last puzzle before the holidays, have a nice summer everyone. Here's a link to the rules of these kind of problems: There are six boxes on the left, and another six on the right. The ...
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Which of the six tiles is missing? — An IQ Test Question

Which of the six tiles below is missing? I honestly do not know the answer. I took a screenshot of this from an online IQ test a while back. If you know where it is from, please let me know, and I ...
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What is the next number in the following sequence?

1, 6, 5, 3, 4, 1, 2, 2, ? Hint: the task is pattern recognition using basic mathematical operations.
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Find the result of this dual key cipher

I came up with a neat little cipher that I'm calling the dual key cipher. The basic premise is that there are two cipher keys that, when used together can decode the cipher text against a given ...
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Casey likes latte but dislikes cappuccino

Casey likes latte but dislikes cappuccino. Casey likes suburbs but dislikes cities. Casey likes wheat but dislikes cereal. Casey likes rococo but dislikes baroque. Casey likes flannel but dislikes ...
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No, I swear this isn't another regular rebus… introducing REBI RULES!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` These rebuses (rebi) require you to figure out what the phrase is saying. However, all the ...
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What is a Samsaran 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 Samsaran Word™. Use the examples ...
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What is a Southpaw Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by [JLee][2] with a special brand of [Phrase™][3] and [Word™][4] puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Southpaw ...
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Which number should replace the question mark?

There is a picture. Find out what number is needed to replace this question mark.
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These Last Two Puzzles From An IQ Test

What are the solutions to these 2 puzzles. My brain hurts from trying to figure these out. The choices are below the box.
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What's the hand of the lonely man?

Albert, Fred, Larry, Ron and Patrick are playing cards at Albert’s house with a regular 52 card deck that is missing all the 2s. Patrick has 10 cards, none of which are higher than 6. Ron has 13 cards,...
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Pattern Recognition problem : $… ,224,8,3,4,11,…$

The following pattern was given to me by one of my friend: $$\color{red}{224}$$ $$14 \quad \quad 8$$ $$4 \quad \quad \quad \quad \quad 3$$ $$8 \quad \quad \quad \quad \quad \quad \quad 4$$ $...
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Guess the Function for Scatterplot of Number Theoretic Function

To my knowledge, this puzzle is not previously published (except by me on google+ recently), but I would be interested to hear of any info otherwise. This following graph was generated using a simple ...
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The King's new dress

The King has come to me at once And ordered that I make a suit "The suit should have a lot of folds Contain a lot of metal discs Please color it by using paint Then decorate with flower ...