A logic puzzle has got the internet scratching its collective head, but its solution is evidently so simple that a six-year-old can solve it in seconds.
The logic puzzle, which has now gone viral, is from a Hong Kong elementary school admission test for six-year-old children, who are required to solve it within 20 seconds.
Centauro reports that the test features a drawing of a parking lot where a car is placed in one of the six numbered spots, in such a way that blocks the number from view.
1. This logic problem from a Hong Kong elementary school entrance exam has become a viral sensation, leaving many adults stumped. Children, however, can solve it in seconds.
The students are asked to figure out the number of the parking spot blocked by the car.
Now, if you can’t solve the puzzle, don’t despair — you’re not alone! It turns out that many adults have been completely stumped by this first-grade entrance exam question.
But give it a try and see if you would be able to solve it. One of the answers below is correct — which one is it?
It might seem at first that logic or algebra might be needed to find the solution.
However, it turns out that the solution is much easier than it seems. It is explained below.
2. Flipping over the page reveals just how simple the solution actually is.
It turns out that the trick is to flip over the page (or the computer screen), which makes it obvious that the parking spots are actually numbered in a sequence, from 86 to 91.
So, as the car is parked in the space between numbers 86 and 88, its parking spot number is 87.
Adults, it turns out, tend to overthink the question, believing that the solution is to be found in mathematics.
Children, on the other hand, have a tendency to look at things from various angles, and are able to quickly figure out the puzzle’s simplicity and get the right answer.
4. Adults tend to overthink the question, believing that the solution is to be found in mathematics.
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