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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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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.
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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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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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Mensa web test question #34

Doing the Mensa web 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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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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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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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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Seemingly difficult culture fair question

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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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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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: ...
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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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Color Logic - Find the rule

Find the rule specified in the image below. Taken from Caterpillar Logic, now the app is gone.
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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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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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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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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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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™. ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Shapes and letters. What is the missing box?

Finally, someone has figured it out. Good job.
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Bongard n°2: Shoelace

As with my previous puzzle I made the 12 "rooms" larger but kept the same rules. I'm also adding the link to the rules for those that don't know the puzzles Click me! And have fun! Hint: Edit:
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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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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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Visual IQ Puzzles with no apparent patterns?

Do you think it is fair to say these two questions are a bit ridiculous? What exactly are they even testing for? From IQ-test.net, questions 21 and 23.
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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (clue 4)

If you're interested in starting the treasure hunt from the very beginning, check out the prologue! After cracking the code, you catch a flight to Oslo, the capital of Norway. Being on a long flight ...
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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 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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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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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™. ...
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The Faulty Keypad Safe

Acme has released a brand new safe, secured with electronic 10-button keypad with the digits 0 through 9, with an X-length combination required to unlock. However, due to laziness, the keypad's ...
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A Cleverly Disguised Word

This puzzle can be solved as puzzle on its own, but its solution is also part of Deusovi's Community Metapuzzle. The answers to the following nine clues are closely linked. (Their link is related to ...
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What's my room number?

The following list contains the room numbers of some of my co-workers: Room 15: Bobbie Solomon, born 18-Apr-1973 Room 21: Galvin MacNeil, born 24-May-1974 Room 22: Ismael Tirrell, born 7-Feb-1964 ...
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Two missing numbers

Two numbers go at the $?$s, what are they and why? $733,\space \space 716,\space \space 645,\space \space 565,\space \space 324,\space \space 276,\space \space 77,\space \space 75,\space \space 64,\...
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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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The Case of the Missing Rebus

A rebus has gone missing.   What rebus, and under which $~\boxed{\sf~ \raise{.5ex}\underline\quad \, ? ~\raise{.1ex}\strut}$ ? $$ \color{#274}{\boxed{ \quad \begin{matrix} ...
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What is a Sound 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 certain rule, I call it a Sound Word™. Use the ...
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What do these things have in common? (Albert Iteration)

Following is a list of lines; each line contains two riddles written by my pal Albert Iteration. Each riddle describes a single word. Your task is to identify the words being described and find what ...
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Pirate's Golden Throw

Five pirates are parting ways after finding a treasure of 100 pieces of gold. The pirates decide to split it based on a vote. Each pirate, from oldest to youngest, gets to propose a plan on how to ...
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What is a Chaotic 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 Chaotic Word™. You can ...
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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 an Odious 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 Odious Word™. Use the ...
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What is an Uptight™ 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 Uptight Word™. ...