# i have a riddle for you

Gizmodo (@gizmodo) 5 years, 10 months ago

not so much of a riddle…more of trying to find a pattern but anyways…

1
11
21
1211
111221

can you guess the next 2 lines to this pattern?

June 12, 2012 at 10:35 am
WashandBurn (1) (@washandburn) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

I’ve figured out part of it.
The sums are:

1 (1+0)
2 (1+1)
3 (2+1)
5 (3+2)
8 (5+3)

13
21

Now I just need to see how to arrange the numbers…

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Gizmodo (22) (@gizmodo) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

@washandburn, i’ve never actually looked at it that way before. i’m not sure how you can find the arrangement from the sums though

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Bryan Hellard (302)M (@xyver) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

312211
13112221

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

211222111

1211222222121

This was totally based off of some weird thing I created in my head.

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

Oh lol, it’s not mathematical is why I screwed me. I was definitely wrong. I hate word problems masquerading as math problems…

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Pete (1) (@pete) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

It’s the Fibonacci Sequence!

1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 35 etc etc.

I don’t know what sequence should come next though..

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

@pete, It isn’t the fibonacci sequence though.

@xyver, has the correct answer, and the riddle is just noticing the fact that this isn’t something requires mathematical background to solve. It’s a word puzzle (it is interesting that it starts off as the fibonacci sequence though)

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Pete (1) (@pete) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

1111122211
111111112222111

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Pete (1) (@pete) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

Well don’t I feel silly now. I was convinced it was the fibonacci sequence.

Word play got me!

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

@pete, friend, the answer is based on the following:

You start with 1 (one), and then the rest is just asking yourself how much you have

You have one, one

11

You have two, ones

21

You have one two and one one

1211

You have one one, one two, and two ones

111221

You have 3 ones, 2 twos and one one

312211

You have one three one one two twos and two ones
13112221

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

@pete, I’d heard it before but, too, was consumed with trying to find a pattern. I did find one, and that resulted in post numbers which still followed the fibonacci sequence.

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Gizmodo (22) (@gizmodo) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

@xyver, has the right answer. @lytning91, explained it very nicely. i was stuck on this for a solid 30 minutes before i figured it out

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