Puzzles and brainteasers have been popular since they were invented, who knows how many centuries ago. But now that the internet gives everyone access to them at the click of a mouse, they’re spreading from person to person like a virus. Friends want to challenge their Facebook connections and see if they can figure out puzzles or if the quizzes really are challenging.
The one we have for you today has been stumping everyone, except for the very astute, on their first try. If you think you have what it takes to do this puzzle, give it a shot. You might be surprised at how hard it is.
The number puzzle here doesn’t require advanced math skills. But it does require you to look at a sequence of numbers and identify what is missing from the grouping. People have been staring at this puzzle but are left dumbfounded and bewildered as they struggle to identify the answer. And when you give this one a shot, you’ll see why it is stumping thousands of people on their first try. You’ll probably have a hard time with it as well when you see what we’re talking about.
The puzzle is going viral because people are getting tricked. It seems as easy as can be, but no one is getting it right on their first try.
The challenge asks you to “re-post when you find the mitsake” but few people are getting it right.
The number sequence is as follows. Can you figure out what’s wrong with it?
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Take a close look at all the numbers. You’ll want to count carefully to figure out what was the “mitsake” in this puzzle.
But if you’re struggling to figure out what could be missing in the puzzle, you’re not alone. That’s because it is not obvious. You might consider the fact that the sequence is missing the number “0” or “16,” but that doesn’t make it a mistake. It includes every number in the sequence from “1” to “15.” So what is wrong with this puzzle?
The answer lies in the message at the bottom. Proofreaders, editors, and other grammar fiends might have seen it on their first try. But the rest of us will be woefully ignorant to the mistake in the puzzle.
So what is wrong with the quiz? The person who created it misspelled the word “mistake.” They swapped the “s” and the “t” and created an error there. The mistake was in the word mistake all along. What a trick!
When we engage with trick questions like this, we need to engage our ability to observe the world around us. It was a category on Jeopardy! last night as well. Alex Trebek asked the contestants clues about the details in our ordinary lives. The clues included the colors in the FedEx logo and other things we should know. It was a fun category because it challenges us to recall our everyday life.
Did you get the puzzle on your first try? Or did it take a second go-around to figure out the “mitsake?”