It’s the Friday Puzzle!



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
I have produced an ebook containing 101 of the previous Friday Puzzles! It is called PUZZLED and is available for the Kindle (UK here and USA here) and on the iBookstore (UK here in the USA here). You can try 101 of the puzzles for free here.

64 comments on “It’s the Friday Puzzle!

  1. Slow Learner says:

    30 seconds!

  2. slugsie says:

    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

    • 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…..

  6. stephen says:

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

  7. Anonymous says:


  8. issahamati says:

    i have a solution in less than 30 seances

  9. Anne Elk says:

    Genuinely no idea.

  10. mete says:

    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. eivl says:

    Is this an English speaking puzzle?

  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.

  14. kateoz says:

    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. andypiehead says:

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

  18. davidlrattigan says:

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

  19. You win. I did not get it. Give me an F

  20. Lazy T says:

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

  21. Duncan says:

    Got it – before reading the comments.Too many people giving the answer again.

  22. David Clark says:

    got it – about 2 minutes in total, but second look

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. James Bailey says:

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

  26. Paul says:

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

  27. Marcella says:

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

  28. bigdoggy says:

    Got it in less than a minute

  29. arjay says:

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

  30. Eddie says:

    Couldn’t do it. Someone please tweet me the answer @edzeteito.

  31. Gene says:

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

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

  33. Teun says:

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

  34. Geoff Coupe says:

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

  35. dayuntoday says:

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

  36. Anonymous says:

    January 7th

  37. 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.

    • 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.

  38. 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.

  39. alain b says:

    jun 2

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