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June 9th, 2014, 10:15 PM   #1
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This math question from an admissions test for an elementary school in Hong Kong is going viral in China.

According to ChinaSmack, it was the second-most-popular post on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo on June 5, when it was published.

The question was part of an admissions test for first-graders. They had 20 seconds to answer. Can you solve it?

From Sina Weibo: "What takes an elementary school student just seconds to do; takes a high school student several minutes; takes a college student half and hour and up; and takes a Ph.D a lifetime…"


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Cool Solved it easy!

Maybe I'm an elementary school student. It's quite simple. Look at it upside down because the car parks that way. Answer is L8, which is upside down for 87. :P

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May be I'm an elementary school student. It's quite simple. look at it upside down because the car parks that way. Answer is L8 which is upside down for 87. :P
How long time did it take for you to solve the puzzle?

I admit, for me it took a little more than 20 seconds. But I am not an
elementary school student.
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Well, it turns out I was studying for a PhD and didn't even know it!

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Thus one teaches a very important lesson. Sometimes we foolishly assuming things as complex and burn our brains out when actually it may be in fact be very simple.

I did it fast. I knew it could not be a series because it was for grade one and your quote from ChinaSmack explicitly tells that. Using common sense (not pen and paper), it is easy to think that successive numbers only form car parking slots. And then suddenly it struck me! It is a wonderful question. Highly stimulative.
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My strategy was: how can these numbers differ by 1 or 2 from left to right or right to left. I see I was not alone there
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I almost gave up after one minute.
It was irritating for me why there is number 06 in a wrong slot if the numbers
are in increasing order. Nevertheless I just randomly chose the number 90 for the empty slot because it seemed appropriate if the numbers were in increasing order, and I noticed that it is the same as 06 turned upside down, and then I immediately saw the solution. I would say that my strategy was trial
and error. It took me more than one minute, but it was just a lucky guess by myself.
Otherwise I could have given up, because it seemed hopeless.
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?,M,T,W,T,F,?

After an hour: Jack Adult says "I quit"!

After 2-3 seconds: Li'l John Child says "Sunday, Saturday"
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The answer is 87. Why would one give it upside down?
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I got another puzzle. It is taken from the book Higgs Force by Nicholas Mee.
The question is: What shape goes in the empty square in the grid shown below?
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