# Put these numbers in order

Acolyte
Posers and Puzzles 28 Oct '03 17:32
1. Acolyte
28 Oct '03 17:32
James and John are told to put the numbers 1-10 in order. James puts them in the order 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10; John puts them in the order 8,5,4,9,1,7,6,10,3,2. Can you explain John's reasoning?
2. royalchicken
CHAOS GHOST!!!
28 Oct '03 18:45
Do you mean other than their placement in alphabetical order according to their English spelling?
3. Acolyte
28 Oct '03 19:45
Originally posted by royalchicken
Do you mean other than their placement in alphabetical order according to their English spelling?
4. 05 Mar '04 18:24
Try this: 3. 3, 5, 4, 4, 3, 5, 5, 4, ...
5. 07 Mar '04 17:271 edit
Originally posted by penley
Try this: 3. 3, 5, 4, 4, 3, 5, 5, 4, ...
i think the next set would be 3,3,5 again. that is, 3, 4, 5 in circular order. two 3s, one less which is 5; two 4s, one less; two 5s, one less; and since 3 follows 5, we are back to two 3s, one less, and so forth.

here is another really obscure one:
1, 7, 4, 2, 3, 5, 0, 6, 9, 8.
6. richjohnson
TANSTAAFL
09 Mar '04 00:09
Originally posted by penley
Try this: 3. 3, 5, 4, 4, 3, 5, 5, 4, ...
Looks like a par on the front nine - not too shabby penley, what's your handicap?