Reply
Thread Tools Display Modes
#1
Old 06-04-2012, 11:26 AM
Guest
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Chicago
Posts: 2,056
Can you solve this puzzle?

2 + 2 = fish

3 + 3 = eight

7 + 7 = triangle

No other clues. It just says "only smart people understand this". Well, I'm a pretty smart guy but this one has me stumped.
#2
Old 06-04-2012, 11:32 AM
Guest
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 8,006
Mirror one of each pair of numbers, then stick them together with a bit of overlap. The result is an image of the thing they're "equal" to. (The fish is actually a stylized fish symbol.)

Last edited by Balance; 06-04-2012 at 11:33 AM.
#3
Old 06-04-2012, 11:34 AM
Member
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 26,850
Take the mirror image of the second number, place it to the left of the first number, and it will look like a fish, an eight, and a triangle respectively.

D'oh! Too slow

Last edited by kayaker; 06-04-2012 at 11:34 AM.
#4
Old 06-04-2012, 11:36 AM
Guest
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 14,275
SPOILER:
Flip a two and superimpose it over the other 2. Flip a 3 and a 7 and match them up with their respective partners.
#5
Old 06-04-2012, 11:45 AM
Guest
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Chicago
Posts: 2,056
Hmmm. I can see the 8 and the triangle but that don't look like no fish to me. Thanks all!

Never mind. I see the fish now.

Last edited by Peanuthead; 06-04-2012 at 11:47 AM.
#6
Old 06-04-2012, 11:45 AM
Guest
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: The Land of Smiles
Posts: 14,716
Is Inner the only guy here who knows how to type " [ spoiler ] "?

You're supposed to keep adding to the puzzle, e.g.

4 + 4 = Golden Gate Bridge
0 + 0 = infinity
13 + 13 = butterfly (sort of)
#7
Old 06-04-2012, 11:48 AM
Guest
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 342
1 + 1 = 1
#8
Old 06-04-2012, 11:54 AM
Guest
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 14,275
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peanuthead View Post
Hmmm. I can see the 8 and the triangle but that don't look like no fish to me. Thanks all!
If it makes you feel better, I'll admit in public that it took me about 45 minutes of intense thought to figure out the "Four is cosmic" campfire game.
#9
Old 06-04-2012, 11:57 AM
Guest
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Saint Paul
Posts: 26,175
€ + € = probably not supposed to say...
#10
Old 06-04-2012, 05:11 PM
Guest
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Vegas
Posts: 7,555
π + π = m
#11
Old 06-04-2012, 05:21 PM
Member
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: KC. MO -094 35.3 39 4.9
Posts: 10,580
Quote:
Originally Posted by tatg View Post
1 + 1 = 1
1+1 = M

...

e

Last edited by Enderw24; 06-04-2012 at 05:22 PM.
#12
Old 06-12-2012, 11:24 PM
Charter Member
Charter Member
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Not here. There.
Posts: 18,679
I got all these almost immediately, which really surprised me. I usually don't do particularly well on such spatial reasoning puzzles.
#13
Old 06-13-2012, 02:15 PM
Charter Member
Charter Member
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Not here. There.
Posts: 18,679
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ethilrist View Post
+ = probably not supposed to say...
What? What's wrong with Pisces?
#14
Old 06-13-2012, 05:02 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 18,754
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peanuthead View Post
2 + 2 = fish

3 + 3 = eight

7 + 7 = triangle

No other clues. It just says "only smart people understand this". Well, I'm a pretty smart guy but this one has me stumped.
The only thing I can figure is this: If you mirror the letters and put them together, the threes look like an 8, the sevens form a triangle, and I guess the two's form a Jesus Fish?

Last edited by JohnT; 06-13-2012 at 05:03 PM. Reason: ETA: Whoo-hoo! I is smart!
#15
Old 09-26-2013, 11:44 PM
Guest
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 1
Yes, but I wonder if the riddle has additional meaning such as the fish representing Jesus and Christianity, the 8 for resurrection or new beginnings and the triangle for the Holy Trinity.
#16
Old 09-27-2013, 04:13 AM
Guest
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Vegas
Posts: 7,555
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bluebird View Post
Yes, but I wonder if the riddle has additional meaning such as the fish representing Jesus and Christianity, the 8 for resurrection or new beginnings and the triangle for the Holy Trinity.
There's a resurrection joke in there somewhere...
#17
Old 09-27-2013, 09:29 AM
Guest
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,374
8 + 8 = 4 pack
#18
Old 09-27-2013, 09:49 AM
Guest
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 4,793
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bluebird View Post
Yes, but I wonder if the riddle has additional meaning such as the fish representing Jesus and Christianity, the 8 for resurrection or new beginnings and the triangle for the Holy Trinity.
You mean other than the thread coming back from the dead? No, there's really no additional meanings.

I will note, however, that human beings are good at seeing patterns even when there are none. So, if it makes you feel good to believe there's a deeper hidden message, knock yourself out. But it's a waste of both mental capacity and faith to delve deeper into what is actually a fairly simple brain teaser.

Also, I would like to point out: the Simpsons already did it (back in 1998).

Last edited by Great Antibob; 09-27-2013 at 09:50 AM.
#19
Old 09-27-2013, 09:50 AM
Member
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bedrock
Posts: 26,079
5 + 5 = my coffee table
#20
Old 09-27-2013, 10:10 AM
Guest
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,374
Quote:
Originally Posted by Great Antibob View Post
But it's a waste of both mental capacity and faith to delve deeper into what is actually a fairly simple brain teaser.
It's a fairly simple brain teaser if you think a certain way. I imagine most people are going to think 'numbers, it must be a math problem'. It took me a while to even consider that there might be another way to look at it.
#21
Old 09-27-2013, 10:13 AM
Guest
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 4,793
Quote:
Originally Posted by hotflungwok View Post
It's a fairly simple brain teaser if you think a certain way.
It's simple either way.

But that doesn't mean it's necessarily easy for everybody.

People tend to conflate simple with easy, too.

Last edited by Great Antibob; 09-27-2013 at 10:13 AM.
#22
Old 09-29-2013, 01:06 PM
Guest
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: St. Simon's Island, GA
Posts: 6,783
The puzzle kinda reminds me of this one:

zero = 2
too few = 3
average = 5
many = 1
infinity = 0
#23
Old 09-29-2013, 01:39 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: In the time stream
Posts: 4,765
Quote:
Originally Posted by armedmonkey View Post
The puzzle kinda reminds me of this one:

zero = 2
too few = 3
average = 5
many = 1
infinity = 0
SPOILER:
Words with round(ed) letters in them.

zero: e, o
too few: o, o, e
average: a, e, a, g, e
many: a
infinity:
#24
Old 09-29-2013, 03:31 PM
Guest
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: I'm right here!
Posts: 8,858
Quote:
Originally Posted by Morgyn View Post
SPOILER:
Words with round(ed) letters in them.

zero: e, o
too few: o, o, e
average: a, e, a, g, e
many: a
infinity:
I disagree:
SPOILER:
Number of holes in letters (or number of letters with holes). r and n have rounded bits. e has a straight bit, so it can't be letters without a straight line.
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:54 AM.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: sacramento russians overdose on nyquil best shipper firehouse siren sound emu kosher touching clits deep knee bends sunstone bdsm wet check marlene singing christmas canon songs groundhog bombs reverend right unprotected anal timber spikes remove window screen discoverthenetworks.org wikipedia heating oil 2 lord farquaad name motley crue pentagram deaf forum jfk's car arlen tx 714 quaalude extra ketchup playskool xylophone huawei flip phone lemon lyman tfe paste middle name origin kirk green shirt homemade sedatives what is mephistopheles meatball leftovers how are headstones engraved when is traffic the lightest how hard is it to get into podiatry school world book encyclopedia cyclo teacher learning aid call of the void french how to get rid of smoke taste in mouth heighth is not a word cost to replace airbags do retired police keep their badge difference between novice and beginner black and white arab scarf how to use a styptic pencil bug bite on scrotum how to clean caster wheels how much does 1 800 junk cost sanding deck with belt sander liquid nitrogen to remove moles stage makeup to look old is newark in new york most democracies outside the united states have a(n) words to popeye the sailor man gurgling sound in throat after swallowing does mindflex duel work can dogs taste spicy do women like dp bacon number charlize theron superman can't see through lead louis vuitton salary sales associate metal detector for sale craigslist how much time fits on a cd what did ancient egyptian sound like inboard brakes vs outboard brakes