# 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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### Interview Question or Pathbreaking puzzle

I thought this changes the way series of numbers are looked at 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 Write down the next three lines
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### Determine the algorithm

So I was given this puzzle quite some time ago and just thought it would make a nice addition to this site: Your task is to determine the method how the result is determined from the given number. A ...
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### Four is Cosmic!

This is a little puzzle I heard a while back from one of my mathematically inclined friends- I get the sense that it's bounced around a little, so forgive me if you've heard it. There is a sort of ...
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### What is the number of the parking spot?

One needs to find the number under the car. Source: unknown
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### What is a Rotten 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 Rotten Word™. Use the ...
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### Introducing "Where?" - a GCHQ word association puzzle

Introducing the 'Where?' puzzle genre – a type of word association puzzle popularised by The GCHQ Puzzle Book (2016). General instructions (adapted from the book): This puzzle type consists of an ...
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### Mensa online IQ test question - big and small squares on a horizontal line

Doing the Mensa online IQ test at http://test.mensa.no/, I was puzzled by this exercise. I understand that asking for answers like this kind of defeats the entire purpose of the test, but it's stuck ...
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### What is a Shy 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 Shy Word™. Use the ...
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### Sergeant Sequence takes the case

It was 2am and Sergeant Sequence had been called in to Headquarters urgently. The second he stepped through the door a file was pressed into his hands by the Chief Investigator, who began to talk ...
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### What is a Triad Phrase™?

Now that you are familiar with Cyclone Phrases™ and Scalable Phrases™, let's look at another kind of phrase. If a phrase adheres to a certain rule, then I call it a Triad Phrase™. Use the examples ...
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### The Security to the Party [Part 3] [closed]

A party is being held at a local mansion. The host is very rich and his success is because of one thing — his famous recipe for Spaghetti! The only guests that may attend are people who correctly ...
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### Missing number in this sequence?

I heard this puzzle in a quiz I participated in: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 22, 24, ?, 100, 121, 10000 What is the missing number? (You don't need to do any big calculations, and you don't ...
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### What is a Cyclone Phrase™?

If a phrase adheres to a certain rule, then I call it a Cyclone Phrase™. Use the examples below to find the rule. Also find the one error in the chart below. (In other words, one of the phrases below ...
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### What is a Versatile Word™?

If a word has a certain property, I call it a Versatile Word™. In each of the short, unrelated sentences below, only one of the choices is a Versatile Word™. The sentences are for context only, and ...
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### Culture fair question - boxes, angles, lines

Select the correct choice from the bottom 6 options to fill the final box above the horizontal line. I stumbled upon this seemingly difficult question while doing a Mensa practice test. I have since ...
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### What is an Unlucky Word™? [duplicate]

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 an Unlucky Word™. Use the ...
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### Complete the sequence

As the title says it is a compete the sequence. My thoughts: From all the circle ones that aren't a circle, you can make a circle by rotating the pieces. From all the triangle ones that aren't a ...
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### Logical Pattern

Been staring at this question for 20 minutes and can't come to a reasonable answer, any help would be really appreciated!
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### The Security to the Party [Part 4]

A party is being held at a local mansion. The host is very rich and his success is because of one thing — his famous recipe for Spaghetti! The only guests that may attend are people who correctly ...
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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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### Grandma likes coffee but not tea

Note: My grandma is a little odd. She only likes certain things. Solve this puzzle by providing phrases that are true. For example: Grandma likes A but not B Grandma likes coffee but not tea. ...
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### A funny game you can play with a friend of yours: brain reading

...but first you have to find the solution! Two friends (Andrew and Gabriel) go to another friend (Ellen) and claim to be able to read each other's mind. Ellen doesn't believe that and wants to test ...
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### Find the missing elephants

Determine color and direction of the missing elephants in the picture. Here's a textual representation of the above. ...
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### An Only Connect Wall

The 16 words below may be partitioned into 4 groups of 4 thematically connected words. What are those connections and groups? Text version: SHIFT OPTION RED FLAP BLACK BOOK LANE CONTROL STOCK ...
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### What is a Scalable Phrase™?

Now that you are familiar with Cyclone Phrases, let's look at another kind of phrase. If a phrase adheres to a certain rule, then I call it a Scalable Phrase™. Use the examples below to find the ...
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### Puzzle: Who is the winner of the Great Puzzling Trophy?

It’s the 10th annual award ceremony for the Puzzling StackExchange community! As the host and his attendants are handing out the awards to the best members of the community, they suddenly realize that ...
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### Don't clear your terminal history

You woke up this morning locked in a room. The only apparent exit is a door with a terminal. On the screen you see the following: ...
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### What is a Surpassing Phrase™?

If a phrase conforms to a certain rule, I call it a Surpassing Phrase™. Use the examples below to find the rule. Some details to save you time: 1. Font doesn't matter. 2. The number of words ...
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### Color Logic - Find the rule

Find the rule specified in the image below. (Where I got it)
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### What is a Unionized 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 Unionized Word™. Use the examples ...
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### My Lovely Connect Wall

The 16 words below may be partitioned into 4 groups of 4 connected words. Additionally, each of the four groups can be represented by a single group-word. Finally, the four group-words are connected ...
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### What is a Veteran Word™?

If a word conforms to a certain rule, I call it a Veteran Word™. Use the following examples below to find the rule: Here is a CSV version: Veteran WordsTM, Not Veteran WordsTM AGENT, ASSISTANT* ...
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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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### What is an Anagrammable 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 an Anagrammable Word™. Use ...
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### Piece de Resistance - Ten Quotas. Nine Passed. Your Turn

Ten Quotas. Nine Passed. Your Turn This puzzle is part of the "Piece de Resistance" series. Go back to Part 1 (Ace) for the story.Ace Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten... Hmm... this is......
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### What is a Re-Tileable 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 has a certain property, I call it a Re-Tileable Word™. You can ...
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### What is the next number? 24,54,90,120,168,210,240,288,360,440 [closed]

Question : What is the next number in the following sequence? (not finite) $$\large24,54,90,120,168,210,240,288,360,440,\dots$$ My Solution I'm trying a closed form solution I tried computing the ...
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### The Sands of Time

There are people who claim that they can look upon the land, and the land will speak to them. I recently got caught in a sandstorm, and particles of sand flew past my eyes. What is the desert saying? ...
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### The Secret Club

Since I was a kid, nobody wanted me in their super-exclusive clubs... the "House in the Tree Club"... the "Girls Only Club"... the "Whatever you are NOT Club"... but now that I am a skilled (and a bit ...
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### Owls at sunset - find the odd one out

Quite contrary to the common belief, owls are very social animals and indeed form flocks or rather tightly bound families with a common social codex. At sunset, they all meet before going on their ...
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### Shapes and letters. What is the missing box?

Finally, someone has figured it out. Good job.
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### A Company of Thirteen

These thirteen English words share a hidden property: cold, laughter, unblock, word, kill, witch, even, now, warm, oil, talking, potted, corn The list is not complete, there are other words with the ...
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### What is a Mostly Ruddy 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 Mostly Ruddy Word™. Use ...
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### Very simple, yet unsolved, sequence of numbers

A simple sequence of numbers, which I encountered during intermediate school, in my math book. Any person that finished intermediate school possesses the necessary toolbox required to solve this ...
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### A Sequence That Keeps Changing?

So I get this special sequence of "items" as the following: 2 1 3 4 7 8 2 5 2 3 9 But look! If I put some numbers (randomly) in front of the sequence: 3 4 2 1 3 4 7 8 2 5 2 3 8 And yeah! ...
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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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### What is an Uncopyrightable Word?™

If a phrase has a certain property, I call it an Uncopyrightable Word™. In each of the sentences below, one word is an Uncopyrightable Word™ and one is not. The sentences are for context only, ...
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### What is a Dotted Word™?

This is based on the What is a Word/Phrase™ series of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles, started by JLee. If a word follows a certain rule, then I call it a Dotted Word™. Use the example word lists below to ...
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