Post Number: 1
|Posted on Wednesday, October 03, 2012 - 11:35 pm: || |
how do you turn any four digit number to a single digit number using one unchanging rule?
1000 goes to 3
2000 goes to 3
9000 goes to 4
8000 goes to 5
1234 goes to 0
4321 goes to 0
You should be able to do it in your head
Post Number: 2641
|Posted on Thursday, October 04, 2012 - 12:18 am: || |
If it's the rule that I think it is, 1234 and 4321 should be 1, not 0... Hmmm...
And, this is not really a lateral puzzle, is it?
Post Number: 1671
|Posted on Thursday, October 04, 2012 - 1:03 am: || |
By counting the number of "circles" or "loops" in the numbers.
Post Number: 1673
|Posted on Thursday, October 04, 2012 - 1:13 am: || |
P.S. It is a lateral puzzle since you have to make the mental leap of not thinking of it as an arithmetic problem. Well... at least not THAT kind of arithmetic problem.
Post Number: 3148
|Posted on Thursday, October 04, 2012 - 2:38 pm: || |
I'm with Doriana. Requiring lateral thought doesn't automatically make something a lateral puzzle. You shouldn't be able to deduce the answer on your own without back and forth (in the form of yes/no questions) with the puzzle host.
But, welcome to the forum, Chook! I'd suggest taking a look at other puzzles on the forum to get an idea of the kinds of puzzles we do here.
Post Number: 1674
|Posted on Friday, October 05, 2012 - 8:53 pm: || |
I disagree, being able to deduce the answer on your own simply means the puzzle had (a)enough information or (b)it was easy. Every so often people get the answer right away even if neither of the above conditions was true. And there are plenty of questions that somebody could have asked the Original Poster if they didn't immediately see the solution.
Post Number: 2079
|Posted on Monday, October 08, 2012 - 11:24 am: || |
My only problem is with the last sentence, I don't get it. If I can solve it immediately, in my head, there's no puzzle. If I cannot, can I ask questions?.. In the end, I'll stick with Doriana and Noel... Solving an equation might require a LOT of lateral thinking, but it is not a puzzle
Post Number: 17608
|Posted on Tuesday, October 09, 2012 - 4:10 am: || |
Just to settle the matter I'll say we have a SPOILER.