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## #1 2006-03-08 18:33:04

ganesh
Registered: 2005-06-28
Posts: 24,633

### Reasoning

The twelve months in the calendar are grouped as given below:

{January, October}

{February, March, November}

{September, December}

{April, July}

{May}

{August}

{June}

Can you tell on what basis the months are grouped?

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## #2 2006-03-09 06:32:25

Ricky
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Registered: 2005-12-04
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### Re: Reasoning

Color?

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## #3 2006-03-09 08:39:52

MathsIsFun
Registered: 2005-01-21
Posts: 7,685

### Re: Reasoning

They certainly are colorful!

As Month Numbers they are {1,10}{2,3,11}{9,12}{4,7}{5}{8}{6}

Maybe something deeper, like what day of the week the 1st of the month is?

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## #4 2006-03-09 08:53:07

mathsyperson
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Registered: 2005-06-22
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### Re: Reasoning

I think you may have got it. Quick check says that you have. The February has to be of the 28-day variety though.

The ordering is a bit strange. Using this year, ganesh has ordered them so that the lists start with Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday respectively. Were they just arranged randomly, or is this another pattern?

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## #5 2006-03-09 16:40:53

ganesh
Registered: 2005-06-28
Posts: 24,633

### Re: Reasoning

I think, together, MathsIsFun and mathsyperson have found the solution.
For any year other than a leap year, the months grouped together have the same days for the same dates. For example, since 1982 was not a leap year, Jan 25 and October 25 would have been the same day. Similarly, since 2006 AD is not a leap year, Feb 7, Mar 7 and November 7 would be the same day, that is Tuesday. June, May and August cannot be paired.

However, for leap years this pairing would not be applicable

There is no particular pattern in the arrangement (I didn't think of any).

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