Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. Joined
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    03 Jul '06 10:20
    This is an old classic.
    If it has been posted here before I apologize but in that case here is an encore:

    Ten wooden chips has been labeled 1 to 10.
    These were laid out like this:
    8, 5, 4, 9.
    What will be the next chip to be laid out?

    Please - do not spoil the fun for the others, don't present the explanation, just tell what is the next chip will be.
  2. B is for bye bye
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    03 Jul '06 11:01
    Originally posted by FabianFnas
    This is an old classic.
    If it has been posted here before I apologize but in that case here is an encore:

    Ten wooden chips has been labeled 1 to 10.
    These were laid out like this:
    8, 5, 4, 9.
    What will be the next chip to be laid out?

    Please - do not spoil the fun for the others, don't present the explanation, just tell what is the next chip will be.
    The 2 and the 6, but they will be pushed together (or on top of each other, but so that both numbers are still visible). And then everyone will go and eat some french fries.
  3. SubscriberAThousandYoung
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    03 Jul '06 11:551 edit
    10.

    Oops. Or 8. Damn. My idea won't work.
  4. Joined
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    03 Jul '06 14:04
    ..., 1, 7, 6.

    Good puzzle, though quite old.
  5. Joined
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    04 Jul '06 11:021 edit
    Originally posted by Fat Lady
    ..., 1, 7, 6.

    Good puzzle, though quite old.
    You are so right, FatLady.

    I thought actually that this puzzle was more known.

    Now we are two that know why the chips is laid out in this way.
    Is there any more?

    Try some lateral thinking...
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    04 Jul '06 16:29
    Originally posted by FabianFnas
    You are so right, FatLady.

    I thought actually that this puzzle was more known.

    Now we are two that know why the chips is laid out in this way.
    Is there any more?

    Try some lateral thinking...
    I'm surprised that *you* think that is the correct ordering.
  7. Joined
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    04 Jul '06 18:58
    Originally posted by howardbradley
    I'm surprised that *you* think that is the correct ordering.
    What do you mean by that?
    Have you a better ordering in mind?
    Or are you just guessing?
  8. Joined
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    05 Jul '06 07:41
    howardbradley had mailed me the correct answer and a correct explanation. Well done!

    And well done also that he didn't spoil the fun for the others trying to solve the puzzle.
  9. Joined
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    06 Jul '06 13:21
    Okey, this is the complete order of which the numbered wooden chips are laid out.

    8, 4, 5, 9, 1, 7, 6, 10, 3, 2

    I know two of you knows the rule of order.
    What about the rest of you?

    Tomorrow I will give a further hint...
  10. UK
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    07 Jul '06 13:57
    11 - 20 would give you
    18, 11, 15, 14 ... :-)
  11. Joined
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    07 Jul '06 14:23
    Originally posted by john777
    11 - 20 would give you
    18, 11, 15, 14 ... :-)
    Correct, totally correct.
    Then there are three, besides me, who knows.

    I gave the very same problem in a Mensa Sweden meeting, but then I had to write the numbers in this order:
    1, 5, 4, 9, 6, 7, 10, 3, 2, 8.
    And, yes, they solved it very easily. Perhaps they had seen it before.

    Is this a hint? Yes, perhaps it is.
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    08 Jul '06 15:08
    Originally posted by FabianFnas
    Correct, totally correct.
    Then there are three, besides me, who knows.

    I gave the very same problem in a Mensa Sweden meeting, but then I had to write the numbers in this order:
    1, 5, 4, 9, 6, 7, 10, 3, 2, 8.
    And, yes, they solved it very easily. Perhaps they had seen it before.

    Is this a hint? Yes, perhaps it is.
    Okey, last hint didn't help...

    The serie is language dependent and has nothing to do with mathematics.

    Is this a help?
  13. Joined
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    08 Jul '06 22:182 edits
    Wouldn't the 8 be at the start at your Mensa group?
  14. B is for bye bye
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    09 Jul '06 00:00
    Originally posted by JYD
    Wouldn't the 8 be at the start at your Mensa group?
    Can you count in Swedish? Eight is only first in English.

    As an aside Fabian, could you do the Swedish count for us please?
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    09 Jul '06 08:40
    one en/ett
    two två
    three tre
    four fyra
    five fem
    six sex
    seven sju
    eight åtta
    nine nio
    ten tio
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