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Questions tagged [sequence]

A puzzle about sequences of symbols, elements, or other objects.

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Thanks, dad! Never again

No idea why my dad dragged me into this place. Some guy is performing on the stage. He's reading numbers out loud. I think it's some kind of a sequence puzzle. 1... 8... 9... 16... 17... ...
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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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There are fifteen triangles, what is the sixteenth?

This is "fifteen triangles": ▲ ▼ ▲ ▲ ▼ ▼ ▲ ▲ ▲ ▼ ▼ ▲ ▲ ▲ ▼ ? Each triangle points up or down. What the "?" figure should be and why?
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Spot the pattern. There is none

Look at these pictures: What's the next picture? As requested, bellow is a set of possible answers. You don't have to look at them to find the correct answer.
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What is the next number in the series?

What is the next number of this series? 1 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 9 , 11 ?
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I bet you can't find the next number in this sequence

Find the next number in this sequence. 9, 72, 16, 83, 33, 33, 36, 37, 32, 65, ?
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I shouldn't have asked him.. again

My roommate (rm) always looks busy in front of his laptop, so I try to start talking to him Me: Hi, the last time we talked you told me your favorite book, and I like your taste! it's a very good ...
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The end of the life!

$1\ 16 \ 41 \ 55 \ 79 \ 90 \ 103 \ 120 \ 123 \ ?$ What is the last number in this different sequence! If you find it, it will be the end of the life!
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Finding the missing Symbols

_ # – _ _ # # – ? _ # – _ _ # # – = # _ # – _ _ # # – ? _ # – _ _ # # – = # _ # – _ _ # # – ? _ # – _ _ # # – _ # – _ _ # # – ? _ # – _ _ # # – = # Which two ...
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How is BABBAB formed

$[A ...] \to A [...]$ $[B ...] \to B [S [...]]$ $[S A ...] \to B ...$ $[S B ...] \to A [S ...]$ $[S] \to B$ $[ ] \to$ (E.g. $[AAB] \to AABB$) But, $[????] \to BABBAB$ Bonus puzzle:
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Missing element of the sequence

Could you find the missing symbol in the sequence shown below? Hope you like :-)
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A sequence about you (Puzzling Stack Exchange users)

I have a mysterious sequence for you... $204, 186, 172, 133, 126, 123, 120, 119, 111, 107, 102, 96, 90, 87, 86, 86, 85, 79, 75, 73, 70, 68, 66, 66, 65, 65, 65, 64, 64, 64, ...$ This sequence may ...
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Who started it? And who did not?

The question is: Who started it? And who did not?
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Nine, Seven, Gibberish, then what?

Here's a sequence: What is the next item? Here are possible answers (but you don't need to look at them to figure it out): Update
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20 cards facing down

You have a row of $20$ cards facing down. A 'move' consists of the following actions performed in sequence: Pick a face-down card and flip it face-up If there is one, also flip the next card on ...
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Trees and dates

A friend of mine in Sydney, Australia, asked for help in explaining these stones. I don't know if this is really a puzzle, but he's definitely puzzled. In one of our local parks someone has put ...
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Tough pattern questions

I can't fathom any kind of pattern in these questions. The test is over but i'm curious to know how it should be solved.
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mensa sample iq-test question

I found these in a sample iq-test for mensa. Any ideas?
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A Sequence Riddle [duplicate]

Here is a list of numerical sequences: 1, 3, 5, 4 2, 3, 5, 4 3, 5, 4 4 5, 4 6, 3, 5, 4 ...and so on. (1 is 3 and 2 is 3, but 1 is not 2 and 2 is not 1. The same rule applies to every number in the ...
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Computer sequence

You have created a computer, but it is not working, only printing sets of 4 characters in a sequence. If you can predict the next 3 sets, then you can restart the computer and set it up so you can ...
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Find the next number in the sequence [closed]

One tough puzzle to solve : Find the next number in the sequence : 5,105,74,712,37,? Options are : a. 2008 b. 57 c. 507 d. 98 e. 44 What is the next number, and why? Puzzle ...
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A Legitimate Sequence

Choices: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Sequence: D G A B I L F ? ? As long as you can count you can solve this puzzle. So what could the next letters be?
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Can you find the value of the question mark$\color{red}?$

Puzzle: Find the value of the question mark $\color{red}?$. $$(2, 13, 47)$$ $$(5, 7, 19)$$ $$(8, 1, \color{red}?)$$ Hint 1: $\color{red}?$ is a prime. Hint 2: $\color{red}?$ is a cyclops. ...
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A Beautiful Looking Puzzle

In the picture given below, can you find out which picture will take place of the question mark and add your reasoning as well? 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.)
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Can a cube have a positive and negative on each face with no crossover?

This cube has a positive (blue) and a negative (black) bar on each face. That is 2 flat bars per face. On each face 1 bar has the opposite polarity to the other. I have hidden the faces to make the ...
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Another pattern puzzle with a twist…well, not quite so

What are the next two terms of the following crazy sequence: I, h, 6, 9l, 52, 9E, 6h, __, __ ?
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Mensa IQ test question: complete the logical sequence [closed]

I tried taking the Mensa practice test. One of the question involved completing a series of figures with the most logical option. This is the base sequence: And we have to choose the additional ...
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Which shape is next in the sequence?

This picture has been driving me crazy all day.
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Puzzling Number Boxes

Found this puzzle as a translation question. The Chinese is fairly simple, it just asks to solve for the ? in the bottom right square. The actual puzzle though, I have no clue about. Can any of you ...
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Is it possible to scramble a Rubik's cube so that each face has no more than 2 squares of the same color?

So the complete conditions for this scrambled cube can be described alternatively as the following: Each face has less than 3 squares of the same color, which leads to 1a. Each face has 5 or 6 ...
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Stimulating Treasure Hunt?

The puzzle is broken into four parts, and each part yields a single letter. Put them all together, and it'll spell out the thing that gets me up in the morning :-) PART 1 1) One who may think ...
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Find the missing shape in this grid

What shape should go in the empty square?
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Find the missing number (triangle)

Find the missing number (triangle) Options: 9 8 7 10 Please write the logic also.
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Thick and light walled dots sequence

Hi I saw this sequence and cant's stop thinking about it. I was guessing that the number of thick-walled dots represents the number of sides for the next shape in the sequence the 3rd shape has 3 ...
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Which Number Replaces the Question Mark?

Can you find out what the numbers below have in common? Can you figure out what comes next? ...
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What is the next?

1 3 5 2 4 ? some numbers are given, it seems so obvious? FYI: the answer is not 6. what is the next? the answer is not a number.
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What are the next two items?

|=|, |=|, -|, |=, |=, |-|, =|, ..., ... What are the last two symbols in this sequence? Sorry for being so unclear. There's how I'd draw those symbols: The ...
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Find the correct figure

I am seriously stuck here. According to my opinion: the columns do not provide any information. So the rows need to be checked. The semi circles seem either to combine or cancel arrows. I am clueless.
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Historical Sequence

What is the next number in the sequence? 10, 5, 9, 7, 6, 5, 7, 5, 8, ? Hint 1: Hint 2:
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Finish this sequence of figures

So I know the position of the square. I am stuck with the colors and I do not understand the position of the two smaller rhombuses.
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Why is this sequence of images correct?

There are currently 33 questions on Mensa's "Online IQ Test" which I took for fun. I correctly answered 32 questions and understand why they are correct, but there is one remaining question (to which ...
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How to play this game?

If we play the game with 7, 5, 3 and 2: 727272... If we play the game with 2 and 9: 292929... If we play the game with 9, 3 and 5: 953953953... If we play the game with 3, 9 and 5: ...
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Can anyone find the next character

Question: Options: Patterns for you to copy paste: ╟ ╢ ╠ ╣ ╤ ╧ ╥ ╨ ╦ ╩ ┘ ╜ ╛ ┐ ╖ ╕ ╙ ╘ ┌ ╓ ╒
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Last item of the sequence? [closed]

3968, 63, 8, 3. I'm lost here, thought it had something to do with square roots but my guess was 1. Usually I see questions like this and it's 4...16...25, etc.
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Extend the sequences of numbers and names

Find the next entry in each of this pair of related sequences: 1, 4, 6, 8, 9, ? Bobby, Joe, Johnny, Carl, Ted, ? Note: There's no way to solve this without making use of both sequences - it's ...
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What is the 7th line?

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Had some real trouble with this logical sequence today [duplicate]

Reasonably sure I didn't get the job, but this particular part of their test really baffled me. The numbers of angle brackets in each row and column should probably add up to ten, so the missing ...
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A puzzling data-driven sequence

First puzzle! I was inspired by this question to make my own. Props to the author for itching my brain! Update: I double-checked the sequence, turns out it changed! I overlooked something which I ...
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Help with a puzzle from an old book

I found a very nice puzzle from a old book written in Spanish. I got stuck after a few hours, the only possible solution I found was that the numbers inside the circle have a kind of succession. For ...
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Find the next square in this sequence

What's the next square? It was extracted from an IQ test of Mensa. There is no trap except I don't know if it can be solved. There's some French before the question: Parmi les 5 figures ...