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.

This puzzle comes via Chris R.

What date comes next in the sequence?
April 1st
February 3rd
March 4th
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1. Slow Learner says:

30 seconds!

1. DAve says:

Is it anything to do with the digital format of these dates?

April 1st = 01 04
February 3rd = 02 03
March 4th = 03 02

So the next one is 04 01 = 4th January

2. Dave's Mum says:

You really are an idiot, Dave.

3. DAve says:

You’re my mum

4. Dave's Mum says:

You take after your father, whoever he was.

5. Koby says:

I know the answer. Very tricky, Richard.

2. About a minute after looking at various patterns before stumbling on the correct one.

3. Anonymous says:

Got it! Well – I’ve got an answer anyway! Am I first?

4. Roland says:

Took me a few minutes. Indeed only one solution for the next in sequence

1. That’s unlikely. All “guess what I’m thinking” puzzles like this are bad for the very reason that “wrong” answers can often be perfectly justified even if they are not the “one solution” that was intended.

5. Steve says:

You’ll be stuck after February 1st…..

1. Slow Learner says:

August, I think, Steve

2. Steve says:

Oh crap! It’s early….. But aside from that, what did the Romans ever do for us?

3. NickC says:

You’ll be stuck after June 1st / July 1st unless you use German for October

4. In a lot of languages you’ll be stuck after April 2nd.

5. Well, that’s why I always use months from the Roman Republic. Problem solved. Except for August 3rd, alas.

6. stephen says:

I think i have a solution. It took about 1 minute.

7. Anonymous says:

got

8. issahamati says:

i have a solution in less than 30 seances

1. 30 seances is quite a lot of work just for the Friday puzzle.

9. Anne Elk says:

Genuinely no idea.

10. april 5th is the easiest reply. but i think january 6th

11. Nick 666 says:

From now onwards I am notgoing to look at the puzzle just the comments and try and work it out from there

12. Is this an English speaking puzzle?

1. It probably would hold good for any Latin-based language.

13. Julia says:

I got it quite quickly, but that’s because I have seen this puzzle before. I am pretty sure it was on this blog too.

1. smylers says:

It was used in BBC4’s ‘Only Connect’ series 6.

2. Julia says:

ah thanks. That’s all right then.

14. Got it, got it, got it! A few minutes altogether, although I took a break to let my mind have a think…yay!!!

15. Hugh Jarse says:

Its how often Apple upgrade its iphone

16. mittfh says:

I initially thought there was something odd about missing out the second day of the month, but upon closer examination of the whole dates, I discovered one possible logic – and as someone earlier said, there is only one date that can be the next in sequence, but conversely, if my logic’s correct, there are no fewer than eleven candidates for the date following that.

17. World AIDS Day and the birthdays of Woody Allen, Richard Pryor, Bette Midler, Sarah Silverman… and me!

1. Dave's Mum says:

You’re not supposed to give the answers!!1

18. davidlrattigan says:

Took me a few seconds to spot the pattern, but then a couple of minutes to get the next one.

1. ivan says:

1st February.

19. Lazy T says:

I took too many attempts but solved on the 6th.

1. Dave's Neighbour says:

The 6th of which month?

2. Lazy T says:

It was a Thursday in Solvedober or Solvedember, I can’t quite decide.

20. Duncan says:

1. Doris says:

I agree, its a real shame that people try and spoil it for the others

(December 1st)

21. Oh goodness. It took me 12 minutes and various ways to discover a pattern, but I do think I found it. Looking forward to the answer on Monday. I had no disadvantage for not being a native English speaker.

22. Anonymous says:

About 30 seconds. But you guys/girls “over there” get to see the puzzles long before I do. Therefore, I’m thinking that I had the fastest response.

23. James Bailey says:

Considering it starts with April 1st, I think he’s just fooling us.

24. Paul says:

Less time than it took to write this. I am ok my phone though.

1. Alvin says:

We’re glad you’re ok your phone. I was sick my phone once and it wasn’t pretty.

25. Marcella says:

I think I have! I got it in 2 minutes! Marcella

26. bigdoggy says:

Got it in less than a minute

27. arjay says:

August 58th… But I’ve always been rubbish at these 🙂

1. Eddie says:

Some kind soul put me out of my misery. Thanks John.

29. Gene says:

If I’m right, about 10 seconds. If I’m wrong, then a lot longer.

30. About two minutes. Tried lots of combinations and ideas, then it suddenly jumped out at me.

31. less than half a minute, Nice one, I hadn’t seen this before.

32. About 15 seconds to see the mechanics and then about three seconds to get the answer

33. Feeling like an idiot. I just don’t see it at all. And I even skimmed through the comments. o.O

34. Anonymous says:

January 7th

35. Paul Durrant says:

Any date could be picked for the next one in the sequence, and a mathematical formula derived to justify it.

However, I think I’ve found a relatively simple formula that seems to give a significant date for the next in the sequence. So I’ll say that I’ve found the answer in about 5 minutes, and I’ll find out on Monday if my sequence and answer is the one Richard was thinking of.

1. Slow Learner says:

“Any date could be picked for the next one in the sequence, and a mathematical formula derived to justify it.”
Let’s see you do December 25th, say, on Monday.

36. Greg says:

Got an answer that works. Took a couple of days. With this pattern there is only one solution for the next in the pattern. But the one after next would be impossible to work out using my logic. So I could be wrong.

37. alain b says:

jun 2

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