## Seeing stars

What belongs in the box with the question mark?

Here’s an earlier, similar IQ puzzle-type question you can try. For something maybe a little more difficult, try this series brain teaser, which will also force you to think clearly.

*[Since I think we're starting to have some name overlap, it may be a good idea to leave more than just a 1st name when submitting answers/comments. Over the next month or two, hopefully we'll have avatars up and running, as well as profiles] *

*[As always, to give everyone a chance to try the puzzles out, will unmask submitted answers in a day or 2, thanks] *

Joe| Guest July 5th, 2007 - 9:33 pm3 black stars. Going by row or column, the white star add up to 4 and the black stars add up to 5.

JasonF| Guest July 5th, 2007 - 9:48 pmThree black stars.

charity| Guest July 6th, 2007 - 12:26 am5 black stars

Jay| Guest July 6th, 2007 - 4:22 am3 black starz…

Danno| Guest July 6th, 2007 - 7:15 am3 Black Stars – There are 4 white and 5 black stars in each row and column.

Alexey| Guest July 6th, 2007 - 7:37 amThree brown stars?

Sven| Guest July 6th, 2007 - 8:29 am3 black stars

The total number of stars across and down sum to 9 for all other rows.

The total number of white stars across and down sum to 4 for all rows.

jason| Guest July 6th, 2007 - 8:47 am3 black stars

Shawn| Guest July 6th, 2007 - 9:37 amThe diagonals could be subtractive:

(top right) – (center) = (bottom left)

If so, then (bottom right) should be (2 white stars)

But this answer isn’t very satisfying – there must be more.

Scott| Guest July 6th, 2007 - 9:53 am3 black stars, no white stars

sollution: each column and row has a total of 5 black stars and 4 white ones.

Alex| Guest July 6th, 2007 - 11:09 amSorry I mean three black stars. Please delete first comment

All rows/columns have 5 black stars and four white ones.

Mihret K| Guest July 6th, 2007 - 11:31 am3 Black stars

den| Guest July 6th, 2007 - 12:48 pm3 black stars

Rasool| Guest July 6th, 2007 - 3:47 pm3 stars all black

doug| Guest July 6th, 2007 - 4:09 pm3 black stars. rows and columns have a total of 4 white, and 5 black stars.

Justin| Guest July 6th, 2007 - 8:40 pm3 black stars

all the rows have nine stars – 4 white and 5 black

Justin| Guest July 6th, 2007 - 8:41 pmit works vertically too

don´t see a pattern in the positioning though so dont think it is relevant

Angelo| Guest July 7th, 2007 - 12:35 amIt should be three black stars. Each row and column contains 5 black stars and four white stars.

Shawn| Guest July 7th, 2007 - 12:37 amAh, I see it now. A moment of clarity tonight while driving home from a concert in NJ.

Five black stars and 4 white stars in each row and column.

The final square should contain only 3 black stars.

charity| Guest July 7th, 2007 - 6:23 amok i think my guess of 5 stars is wrong but im gonna stick with it cause i dont have another answer lol

ken| Guest July 7th, 2007 - 6:31 am3 blacks and no whites

RoMZoMBiE| Guest July 7th, 2007 - 3:02 pm3 black stars in place of the “?” will make the vertical and horizontal stars add up perfectly. I’m assuming the diagonals totals are meaningless.

Sala| Guest July 11th, 2007 - 10:17 amThe squarre with question mark should contain 2 white stars!

dat| Guest October 6th, 2007 - 2:55 pmi think 1 white star and 3 black stars

Matrix Puzzle- Triangles & Rectangles » Smartkit Puzzles and Brain Teasers| Guest January 15th, 2008 - 12:55 am[...] a similar puzzle, you can try ‘Seeing Stars’ matrix question, or browse the IQ question [...]

smokie| Profile February 18th, 2008 - 4:40 pmThree black stars

Jerrud Edwin| Profile September 20th, 2009 - 11:40 pm3 black stars, this was an interesting one for sure.

raj_alchemist| Profile November 22nd, 2010 - 4:10 pm3 black stars

nadia| Profile September 23rd, 2011 - 4:49 am3 black stars

M.Morrsi| Profile June 6th, 2012 - 4:46 amIf we imagine a counting system with the basis of 4 where balck stars represent 4^1 digit while the whites represent 4^0 digits

we come down to the sum fist row we find (10+5+9)=24

Second line’s sum (13+8+3)=24

so the third =24 by applying this logic we find the last unknown digit contains

4 white stars and 2 black stars

M.Morrsi| Profile June 6th, 2012 - 5:09 amIronically the aforementioned logic will lead to the same result 3 black stars

M.Morrsi| Profile June 11th, 2012 - 8:50 amThere could be two more logics with different results

First assume the North west,South eastern diagonal divides the big square into three regions one to its North east and one to its South west now we count the stars we can find out a pattern where in the south west region we have(5 whites,5 blacks)and in the noth eastern region we have (5 whites,3 blacks) in that sense we should expect in the middle region “Diagonal”(5 whites,4 blacks”those 4 blacks we have” so according to this logic we expect 3 white stars in the unknown square.

The second logic assumes the North east,South western diagonal divides the big square into three regions one to its North west and the other to its south east”which contains the unknown square” now we have in the North western corner of this diagonal (4 whites,6 blacks) and in the North east,South western diagonal we have (2 whites ,4 blacks) according to this logic we can assume that the south eastern corner (blacks=whites+2 )by applying this logic we should expect 6 blacks in the unknown square.

dezcifrando| Profile January 9th, 2013 - 9:01 am3 black stars – all lines and columns must have 4 white stars and 5 black stars