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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Find the letters that complete these five patterns

Complete the last line in each of the following five series: Puzzle 1: "Using" is E "Desist" is I "Visits" is E "Design" is ??? Puzzle 2: ...
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Mensa IQ test question

Which of the 8 tiles below is missing? I've been trying to figure out the answer to this question for quite some time. Can anyone spot the pattern?
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A rude security guard

I was walking down a street, when I see a door, with a security guard. A man approaches him, and the guard flips a middle on him. "Well that escalated quickly." you think. The man, unfazed, replied ...
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How Many Policemen?

A friend of mine presented this nifty little puzzle, he said it's from Round Britain Quiz. It goes like this: An athletics competition, arranged periodically, rewards a medal to 79 winners, 47 ...
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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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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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J, KK, LLL, what's next?

What comes next in each of these sequences? $$\begin{array}{align*}\textbf{ 1 }&\text{J, KK, LLL, MZ, A, BO, ?}\\\textbf{ B }&\text{HNAKXR, EERREA, LOGYND, INOPOO, ?}\\\textbf{ C }&\...
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What is the next shape?

which one is the correct answer of the following picture? What is the algorithm of shapes sequence?
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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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What is the number of the parking spot?

One needs to find the number under the car.
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What makes an Interesting Puzzle™?

This puzzle is based off the What is a Word™ and What is a Phrase™ series started by JLee and their spin-off What is a Number™ series. I like What is an Adjective Noun™ puzzles. Here are a few I ...
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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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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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One hard IQ question

Can someone explain me the logic behind this? The question is: What comes next in the pattern (out of the 5 possibilities)
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Edward's Maze I

Edward's "revenge" on Bob the mute house servant Edward had enough! This was it! During the yearly sorcerer meet in a hidden cellar in Léon, Edward discovered a red stain on his precious robe. ...
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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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How do I force-quit the program?

My friend has been playing with a program he found. He enters a 5-digit number into the command line and receives another 5-digit number in return. However, after 20 or so entries, he's about done and ...
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What is a Venomous 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 Venomous Word™. Use ...
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A cubic colored pyramid

While preparing the next puzzle for publishing, I decided to encrypt the file to protect it, but something went wrong or maybe I entered the wrong command because the puzzle was encrypted, yes, but ...
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An array of possibilities on board

Draw or describe an image to replace the '?'. WARNING: Contains added color and flavor.
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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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Abnormal Beyond Stressed

The autumn had already coloured the nearby tall hill, and the chilly breeze was almost cold enough to cause serious injury, when Rose crossed the wide street that was almost blocked by a large ...
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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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Your first guess is wrong

I saw a puzzle I liked and wanted to make a less trivial version. Here it is, find the odd one out. Below Blot Chips demos First Gloss Begin Pages
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What is the next number in the series: 21, 21, 23, 20, 5, 25, 31, 24,?

I came across a puzzle from a workbook for primary school students who wish to sit in exams for enrolling to selective high schools, which asks about what is the next number in the series. What ...
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No, It's Not A Polynomial

There is a simple way to generate every one of the thirty-seven numbers below. They form a closed set; that is, there are no more numbers with this property. My apologies in advance if this doesn't go ...
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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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literally no idea

Clues What a conductor gives to an out-of-tune player? You perform this in Spring Sung by musical miners? Those behind bars keeps tabs on this Sounds something like a big colourful Spanish bird ...
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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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What is Mike's formula for naming software packages?

Mike works for the marketing department of a software company. His job is to come up with names for new products, and he has devised a formula for doing so. For example, when the company developed a ...
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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 Halved Word™?

If a word has a certain property, I call it a Halved Word™. In each of the short, unrelated sentences below, only one of the choices is a Halved Word™. The sentences do not affect whether a word is ...
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The mystery flag

Part two - The mystery flag - twisted Based on these flags: (Count the sun in the Argentina flag as yellow) Which country does this flag belong to? Please explain why EDIT: I added a black ...
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Ancient machine in the desert… how does it generate its output?

I was walking through the desert and came across an ancient contraption of cogs and gears. It had a series of dials on one side that appeared to allow the input and output of numbers. On the other ...
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What is a Croupier's Word™?

This puzzle is based off the What is a Word™ and What is a Phrase™ series started by JLee and their spin-off What is a Number™ series. If a word conforms to a certain rule, I call it a Croupier's ...
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Cryptically dumb medieval jokes

Why did the chicken cross the river? Well, I believe that is a question too vague to classify for a riddle, eh? Well, I had to draw your attention. Actually, my story is a bit more complicated than ...
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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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What is a BEN 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 BEN Number™. Use the following examples ...
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My Two Strange Friends

I have two strange friends; they don't seem to get along, and they say phrases that make no sense. The following are some phrases my first friend has said: great trees feared axes caged war ...
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A New Word Order

These ten words are arranged in order according to a certain property they share: festive fixture salient resolving recline accessory advise headlight redcoat programming Where ...
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Continue the Pattern of Circles

The following shapes are sequenced from left to right. Describe or create the next five shapes. Bonus points to those who describe how the pattern works. The pattern could continue on forever. The ...
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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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Shrinking very large barcodes

My apologies is this is not the right place for this question, please advise if it needs to be moved or deleted. So my city has an art installation of some very tall Dr.Suess style flowers. These ...
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Shapes and letters. What is the missing box?

Finally, someone has figured it out. Good job.
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What is a Ping Pong 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 satisfies a certain property, it is called a Ping Pong Word™. ...
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What is a Bumpy 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 Bumpy Word™. You can use ...
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A Blooming Cheeky Response

One of my recent puzzles bears a certain resemblance to this one that was posted to meta by Alconja. When this was pointed out to me, I thought that since he asked for suggestions I would post a reply ...
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What's the next symbol in this sequence

I came up with this puzzle the other day. It may not too original or particularly challenging, but I thought it could be fun. What's the next symbol in this sequence? (There's also a hint in here ...
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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 ...