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+Steve Mayne , and all, all , all here is one more interesting, very inetresting as for me, variant of answer.delete from row : 1) 8809 15) 8096 all other the same an it will be answer - 2 too but with much more math logic ( not geo ( : )
remember those math exams that are either boring or too difficult to even spend any effort on, and you just spend the time shading all those spaces inside the numeric characters on the nines, eights, sixes, etc.? this problem is just a counting game, on how many 'spaces' inside the numbers did you fill with your pencil.
it should be easier with preschoolers who haven't yet experienced the exciting world of algorithms =Þ
2.... in less than a minute... (1,2,3,5,7 all = 0, 0,6,9 all = 1, 8 = 2... no 4's shown, so hard to tell... I would guess 1, but could just as easily be 0.... trying not to give the answer ALL away here.
Took about a minute. Key for me was noting that none of the example results was higher than six. Theoretically, eight is possible with this setup, but the fact that the results are so constrained rules out alot of possibilities.
Took me a couple of minutes to stop over-thinking it. Then another couple to assign the correct value to each symbol, and therefor come up with the correct answer. But it never occurred to me that it is the number of holes, until I read through these comments. (I am a programmer.)
Keep at it. You'll get it eventually. And do pay attention to the blurb at the top: it's a hint. Think about it. ...What would a kindergartener do with this if they had been looking at it for five minutes?
+Kyle Whitney It has nothing to do with mathematics, other than counting how often a certain event occurs. The numbers on the left could be simple symbols, like a circle or a triangle or a figure eight, or even letters. Here's a hint: P = 1. BOY = 3. BOTTLE = 3. APPLE = 3. & = 2. $ = 2. % = 2. !^*)( = 0
U wonder how many people realize that every single answer is wrong as the number 8 is not actually comprised of actual circles. While the numbers 9, 6, and obviously 0 do contain circles the letter 8 is not. If u said the number of enclosures then it might be correct but saying the number of circles is very inaccurate.
read the above post,i understand. 1111=0 means 1+1+1+1=0 so 1=0. 9999=4 means 9+9+9+9=4 so 9=1 0000=4 means 0+0+0+0=4 so 0=1. so if 8809 =6 8+8+0+9=6 ,two 8 =6-1-1=4 (0=1,9=1) and 8 =2 at last 2581=0+0+2+0=2(5 is 0)
Took me 4 minutes...3:55 of that trying to dismiss all thoughts of "math"...which is the problem with a riddle like this: its title is "Math Question" but it has nothing at all to do with math or arithmetic!
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<-- programmer here, knew what was going on after looking at the firstnumber. same for my colleagues, so your point is invalid. programmers can just abstract better than the rest of the world. while you'rebusy counting circles, we do stuff. so, play this games with your children, since you're like them (meaning smart, what else? ;)) ps: fuck off :)
Even without the obvious visual aspect, all you need to do it associate each number with an associated number, i.e. 6 = 1, because 4*6 =4, same goes for 9, and 0, and from that you can figure out that 8 is worth 2.
It took me sometimes too, May be because the question is a bit misleading. in one side of the equation we have shapes and on the other side the numbers. when we look at an equation, our brain tries to find a relation between two sides. we relate numbers to numbers and shapes to shapes because each of them belongs to a different group. If you haven't been able to find the answer fast it means you have a rational brain. You are a logical thinker and you relay on facts in problem solving. In short the left side of your brain is more active than your right side... if you could figure it out fast, you are sort of visionary, you can be good artists, imaginative and as a result less rational! So the speed of solving the puzzle does not mean you are intelligent or stupid, it just means which side of your brain is more active!
+Miodrag Stojilkovic I wouldn't be to ashamed as it really isn't related to math but is intended to give that impression to an educated person. However the comment of "pre-schoolers" being able to solve it quicker then all others should make most people identify it is based on what perceptions they would have for the answer, symbols(circles).
Well I am not smart but I am not blind either. I did not see the circles as the answer but once told it was circles I saw the answers. I did not need further explanation. So maybe that counts for something? lol
following the squence 5 should equal 25 BUT since 1= 5 then 5 must =1
(programmer) I totally got this in 5 minutes by assigning the value to each digit and then adding those values together... but it wasn't until I looked at the comments that I realized the value was number of circles. I just saw that 0 = 1, 9 = 1, 6 = 1, 8 = 2 and solved. DOH!