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Purple Sequence Question

purple sequence question

If the sequence of boxes in the top row were to continue, which of the answer figures in the bottom row would come next?

NEW: For the past couple years, I’ve held off on revealing any submitted answers for at least 2-3 days. While there are ‘pros’ to doing it this way, there are also ‘cons’. For example, many visitors do not want to wait several days to see the answer, and get frustrated.

So starting with today’s question, we’re going to try a new system.

  • comments will go live immediately
  • a blue button will need to be clicked before comments/answers are shown; so those who want to try the puzzle won’t easily see the answers
  • answers can be discussed, debated, or agreed upon in real time
  • guidance/verification on answers can be had from some of our amazingly talented regulars, who are now more readily identified.

We’ll see how it goes!

19 Comments to “Purple Sequence Question”


  1. suineg | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    I think the answer is Box number 3.
    Explanation:
    In every sequence of the pattern you change 1 dot for 1 empty space and 1 dot for 1 X.
    First you have 12 dots
    Second you have 10 dots, 1 empty space, 1 X
    Third you have 8 dots, 2 empty spaces, 2 Xs
    Fourth you have 6 dots, 3 empty spaces, 3 Xs
    Fifth you have 4 dots, 4 empty spaces, 4 Xs
    so the sixth box should have 2 dots, 5 empty spaces, 5 Xs
    The only one that match that is Box number 3
    Cool puzzle.


  2. suineg | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    RK, I know changes are good sometime, but I think it would be good to still have an official answer to be revealed 2-3 days after posting the puzzle right, cool man.


  3. Bobo The Bear | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    It looks like 3 is the best answer.


    Without regard to location, the number of dots/X’s follows the pattern
    12/0; 10/1; 8/2; 6/3; 4/4.


    Only choice 3 continues the pattern with a 2/5.


  4. Obiwan | Profile

    But, what about those of us who lack willpower–this is NOT a challenge! My guess is #6.


  5. Falwan | Profile

    # 3 is the answer with 5x/2dots.


  6. Hex | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    #3
    From one sequence to the other, dots are decreasing by 2, x’s are increasing by one.
    The next sequence should have 2 dots, 5 x’s and hence #3


  7. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

    I like 3, seems to follow the same rules without introducing any new ones


  8. RK | Founder | Profile

    yes, 3 is correct :)


  9. engjs1960 | Profile

    The number of crosses increases by 1 each time, the number of dots reduces by two each time, so the figure with 5 crosses and 2 dots is next, which is number 3.


  10. melanierob | Profile

    answer 3


  11. rachid | Profile

    i guess the right answer is number 2 because ,firstly two x must not at the same column ( next to each other).secondly we can not remove circle only if there are three cirles in the same line or the same column.


  12. julonk | Profile

    12 – 10 – 8 – 4 -2 for circles
    1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 for x


    ans = 3


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