asifFirst, the big news is that my new book has just come out in the USA!  It is called Rip It Up in the UK, but in the USA it’s called The As If Principle.  There is a short animation about the idea here….

Hope you enjoy it. OK, onto the puzzle….

Please do NOT post your answers, but do say if you think you have solved the puzzle and how long it took. Solution on Monday.

This week it is a nice puzzle by Lloyd King.

Can you fill in the missing letters in the following sequence: ??E, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TEN, ????, ???EN, ?IN?

51 comments

    1. How? There’s no clue in what he said. (Is this a covert ad for ‘The As If Principle’ – if you approach the problem ‘as if’ it’s easy, it’ll turn out to be easy? Must try this more often!!)

    1. Same here! The phrase ‘can’t see the wood for the trees’ springs to mind. This is going to bug me til Monday!

    1. I did exactly the same! I’m struggling with every 3-letter word that ends in “IN” and it makes no sense. Then, suddenly I realize that it’s 4-letter word with the 1st & last letters missing. Voila: two seconds! I’m embarrassed!

  1. I know I’m not supposed to post my answer, but I can;’t help it. And I KNOW it’s right. 😉

    “ARE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TEN, AGES, GIVEN, GIN?”

  2. I knew that this was a classic piece of misdirection……. then I got the answer….and it was still a wonderfull piece of misdirection…

  3. (PLEASE DON’T READ THIS IF YOU DON’T WANT A CLUE!)
    The last question mark represents a letter as well. Maybe If the puzzle was grammatically correct, I suppose the sentence should end: ???en, ?in? ?
    When I solved the puzzle ~ ten to twelve mins for me ~ I realised that the first word is a huge misdirection. Don’t assume anything!
    That is all…
    Kathy

    1. There is a cultural element to it I guess.
      I did not solve this puzzle unaided, but my wife gave me clue – I think I could have stared at it for weeks and not got the answer, whereas I knew that my wife could get it in a few seconds.
      It’s not solvable by logic and, as noted above, there is a misdirection in the question.
      Here’s a culture based hint – think Patrick McGoohan in The Prisoner.

  4. easiest one ever 🙂
    But I must admit I’ve had practice in university… probably more hours with friends than attending lessons :p

    1. have no idea either. I saw it Friday morning and I am no closer to guessing what the other words are.

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