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#1 2006-02-26 17:29:35

ganesh
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Progression Puzzle

The winner of the giant $ 1,000 puzzle contest is Mrs. Winifred Spellright

12, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 3, _ , _ , _ , _

It seems that the other contestants in our annual puzzle contest are not taking the good fortune of Winifred Spellright very well. The puzzle was to figure out what the next four numbers should be in the progression puzzle given above. Get your handkerchiefs ready, you have only five minutes to solve this one.


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#2 2006-02-26 19:52:44

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Re: Progression Puzzle

I detect a hint of Fibonacci ...


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#3 2006-02-26 20:10:31

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Re: Progression Puzzle

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#4 2006-02-27 05:33:51

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Re: Progression Puzzle

MathsIsFun wrote:

I detect a hint of Fibonacci ...

You shouldn't Fib like that, MathIsFun...

That 12 really through me off Ganesh, but I think I finally got it:

1, 4, 1, 5

I'll leave it to others to find the next 4 numbers, it really is a great puzzle sequence.


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#5 2006-02-27 08:11:34

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Re: Progression Puzzle

Well, now that I've seen Ricky's numbers, the next 4 are presumably 1, 6, 1, 7.

But I don't see how the 12 fits in.


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#6 2006-02-27 16:52:33

ganesh
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Re: Progression Puzzle

Well done, Ricky! And mathsyperson too! cool


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#7 2006-02-28 09:29:07

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Re: Progression Puzzle

mathyperson, think circle, as in never ending.

That will only make sense if you understand the reason to the sequence.


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#8 2006-02-28 16:40:34

ganesh
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Re: Progression Puzzle

Good clue, Ricky! big_smile


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