A Simple Brainteaser That Math Class Didn’t Prepare Me For
Growing up, many of us felt a fondness for numbers thanks to Count von Count fromSesame Street (yes, that’s really his name.) There was no resisting his boundless enthusiasm for counting, and the fact that he was the world’s friendliest vampire didn’t hurt either.As we got older, however, our love of numbers was put to the test. Years of monotonous homework made many of us dread math, and only those who took comfort in their rational, logical systems were able to let their passion shine through. I wasn’t among them, but I felt something similar when I heard complaints about how the fine-toothed combs we put through books in English class killed someone’s love of reading.
Yet both the math fans and the arts aficionados will be equally puzzled by today’s little brainteaser. Even though it has a simple answer, it might take a fair bit of pondering to discover what’s really going on here.
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In the past, some of the puzzles we’ve brought you could get pretty frustrating.
Rest assured that this one will involve no long division or other mathematical processes that many of us struggle to remember today.
After all, it would be pretty hard to build a complex question out of this.
As you can see, you only have to fill one square to solve the puzzle. But that hint is what makes this challenging.
But wait, how could it not be six?
The numbers only seem to be counting upward, so what gives?
It’s definitely easy to overthink this question.
Yet it’s important to remember that this question has a simple answer. For starters, those numbers are spaced the way they are in that table for a reason.
If you’re stuck, it helps to know this brainteaser has nothing to do with math.
Instead, you’re going to want to think of what else could go with those five numbers.
Hopefully that helps lead you closer to the answer.
Also, you should know the answer isn’t “go” or “liftoff,” but you’re closer to the bull’s-eye than you might think if you guessed either of those.
If you haven’t figured it out, here’s the answer.
It’s R, for reverse. The numbers you were looking at were gears the whole time. If you look back, you’ll see they were put in the same order as this stick shift.