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

A puzzle via Tod B this week. Can you figure out the secret of this sequence and so discover what numbers should replace the question marks?

111 = 13

112 = 24

113 = 35

114= 46

115= 57

117= ??

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two minutes…

Less than a minute.

Seems very easy… worried I’m not seeing something tricky there.

yup, seems too simple if 116’s abscence is a mistake

Easy! Answer in maybe 8 seconds.

Yep! In about five seconds!

I have *an* answer in about 8 seconds, but I’d like to wait for Monday before claiming it’s right.

Dang, sorry just realied yr not meant to post the answer. I fail.

This one didn’t really need a spoiler .

I can’t really be that simple can it?

Agree, I’m not even going to bother

Got it before I’d finished reading the question. Rather an easy one.

Yep, 2 seconds 😉

Dumbing down again?

Took about five seconds.

Got it in less than a minute.

easy one!! a few seconds.

Solved while reading it

5 seconds.

In the same puzzle, what is the answer for 119 ?

Not a problem, just keep adding 11

101

Depends on whether the post before it is 117 or 118.

At least, in my answer that’s important.

911?

Very easy. Got it almost immediately

A few seconds! initiating smug mode (just for today. Or at least until 9am…)

About 10 seconds.

I can see an answer, but it’s unsatisfying. I must be missing something.

Hmmmm,

Why is there no 116=xx ?

And if my answer is correct then this is not a sequence that can be continued …….very unsatisfactory.

I could post the 116 = xx answer, but it might be deemed spoilerish.

Not really if you do it by multiplication then addition instead of just digit manipulation. Same answer as adding xx.

30 seconds 🙂

Seconds – but if it’s not the ‘right’ answer then it’s a better one!

Big headed? Moi?

Puzzle is void as 111 patently does not equal 13, etc.

😉

Guessed the pattern after the first two, then verified with the other three. About 12 secs.

Spotted the obvious pattern, but will wait till Monday – could be a red herring.

I spotted the pattern, too.

In less than 10 seconds.

I’ve spent 30 minutes on this and haven’t got a clue.

Worked out a rule for first example, checked it against others. Solved final case. Total time, 30 seconds.

If I’m right, it’s a really easy puzzle. If I’m wrong, it’s a really vague bad puzzle!

79

Twat

I love twats (unless they are self righteous, of course).

4 seconds

It is not clear to me why 116 is missing from the sequence.

The puzzle is either very hard (my time is then – not done yet and not counting) or trivial (my time then is 5 seconds).

In that a post consistent with the trivial version of the question has been pulled from the site I have to assume that it is a very trivial question.

TMT has now left the building.

To trick you into coming up with the wrong answer by not really paying full attention.

not even a microsecond

you should try to keep the level of the site a bit better

better post at irregular intervals and when having nothing interesting not posting at all than posting useless things at regular intervals

Let’s see your blog then. Presumably it’s much better…

About 30 seconds

Hmm, I’ve got an answer but I reckon it’s not going to be the only one…

I think I’ve seen this one before – at least something very similar, so it only took a couple of seconds.

about 5 seconds.

The answer would be 79. This took me three minutes to solve.

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I have the same answer as most people, it feels like a Rat Trap.

Uhhhhh… Yeah, w a y too simple.

Less than 10 seconds

I’m kind of annoyed I didn’t say the answer in my first post this morning… Seeing as others post the answer afterwards but I can’t mw “prove” I was right…

Linear regression!

Unless I’m missing something, about 10 seconds.

15 seconds or less, depending on whether or not you want me to count my inner voice saying that I can’t do these maths puzzles…

As for all the people who post answers when asked not to do, this is why I don’t read past the break until I’ve solved it or given up. /shrug

easy one! About 2 seconds which is ruddy good for me 🙂

There’s an easy solution and a slightly more difficult solution that I think the puzzle designer was shooting for.

For those who solved it in seconds, what would your answer be for “231 = ??” ?

16

I see what you did there but I don’t think that’s the solution the puzzle designer wants (it’s hard to know because the first to digits in the examples are all 1s).

It took like 5 seconds.. We need more challenge!

Less than ten seconds.

I’m sort of confident got it, but can’t be that easy, I’ll wait until Monday then probably have to groan!

After 10 seconds I had one answer. After 30 I had two answers, both of which seem to work.

Hm, I see at least two solutions and both seem equally good.

1. Linear progression. If this is the answer, then why choose 111 as the first element – beyond me. In this case each pair will be unique.

2. A little bit more convoluted, involves some arithmetic and rearrangement. In this case 111 will no be different from 21.

That isn’t it .

after 10 secs, i have an answer, but with the feeling that it is not what is intended.

I think I came across this in second grade arithmetic. Is there something I’m missing? Quite possibly the lowest challenge to date..

The “obvious” answer seems so trivial that it hardly seems worthy of calling this a puzzle. If there’s a more interesting answer, it’s too bad a case that doesn’t fit the obvious one wasn’t given.

I believe I solved it and it took me 1 and a half minutes. 1 minute is for when I was reading the puzzle.

For those who need a hint, think of first grade addition when you solve this. For those who know the answer, what would this be: 1000: ??

1

10, 100, 1000 are all the same.

I get three answers. First obvious one starts with 7 which most people will have. Other answers both start with a 6

If you apply the principle of Occam’s Razor, the obvious one is the right one. I suspect an infinity of possible answers exist, but in this case they will all be more complicated than the immediately obvious one.

I’m sure an infinity of answers are possible. Most of them will be wrong.

The way it is presented there are two ways to go about answering it that both come to the same conclusion for 117. What would the answer for 1234 be? If you approach it from a computer generated logical point of view (which I assume you aren’t) then the answer is 12366. If you approach it from from the a symbolic point of view then it shares an answer with one of the examples you were showing already (I preferably don’t want to say since I’m guessing this is the solution that was intended).

Correction on that post: It doesn’t share an answer but gives a very obvious hint.

Please tell me this isn’t the Friday puzzle.

79, about 30 seconds.

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Almost too easy, unless I’m missing something here

It took me 20 seconds. This is this easiest one I’ve seen, but a good one. Keep these awesome mind bending puzzles coming!

I got an answer within a few seconds which is consistent with the list, but it doesn’t seem very satisfying. There are probably much more sophisticated answers which are more difficult of convoluted.

I identified 2 patterns both work. One you had to be clever when 116 is missing the other one it doesn’t matters. Anyone else?

I have a different answer, the number is smaller than you think. 🙂

If the next number were to be 118, that would make 80. 🙂

Anyone else got that?

Unless it’s 119, that would make 81.

15 seconds

Too easy.

Solved it; about 5 seconds (maybe 7).

79

very simple

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I have 2 answers therefor im confused on which one to use I can explain if needed

I got 79 and 117

111=13

112=24

113=35

114=46

115=57

116 was missing it would be 68

117=79

your adding by 11

but if you do

111= 1+1+1=3*13=39

112= 1+1+2=4*13=52

113= 1+1+3=5*13=65

114= 1+1+4=6*13=78

115= 1+1+5=7*13=91

116= 1+1+6=8*13=104

117= 1+1+7=9*13=117

there for it would be 117=117

so which one is right

79 or 117

I found four answers (excluding the 1111) three of which had the same answer. THEN I saw the sequence used as an example! So altogether it took 10 mins or so.