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 Another Simple Sequence (Posted on 2004-12-22)

A master puzzler once showed his apprentice the following 3 numbers:

1 5 9

and asked him "Do you know what the next one is?"

The apprentice replied, "With only three numbers it would be very difficult to figure out the sequence but it appears to be an arithmetic series with each next number being 4 more than the previous."

The master puzzler smiled knowingly and said "Some say the fourth number of the sequence is 3 times the second number, others claim it is the sum of the first three. Do you know the fifth, which is also the last number?"

The apprentice wrote four numbers on a piece of paper and was totally baffled as to what the last number could be. "Why would you think I should know this?" he asked.

 See The Solution Submitted by Erik O. Rating: 3.6000 (5 votes)

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 re: guess | Comment 8 of 10 |
(In reply to guess by David)

That's an easy trap to fall into.  The object is not to guess the fourth number in the sequence, but the fifth.  The fourth is indeed 15, as two methods were shown of arriving at that, though neither is presumed to be the actual method used.
 Posted by Charlie on 2004-12-23 13:40:12

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