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#1 Julia_Z

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 10:08 PM

Hi!

Can someone solve this problem and explain logic behind the answer?

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 05:23 AM

It's A because each panel below is a simplified version of the panel above. (On the left it simplifies it by essentially removing portions of each line while keeping the general orientation intact, on the right it simplifies it by moving lines away so there's not as much overlap.)

It's B because each panel has the same number of lines as the panel in the opposite corner (polygons count as a single line).

It's C because every panel has to have a different number of curved lines.

It's D (none of the above) because every panel must have an odd number of points where lines intersect.

 

Would the nature of puzzles 1-16 be of any help in figuring out what they're trying to get at?


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Posted 04 May 2014 - 09:19 AM

I think it's A. In each square there is at least one line and if there is more than one line, it will be going at a slope opposite it i.e. goes from a positive slope to a negative slope
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Posted 04 May 2014 - 09:34 AM

Just a personal preference - arguments can be made for each.

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#5 Julia_Z

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 02:53 PM

The right answer is C, but I dont understand why.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 04:20 PM

As I pointed out above, you can make arguments for any answer, and this seems to be a case where the question's author is expecting you to look for some particular aspect about the figures with no reasonable clues (as far as I can tell) as to which one of the many possible aspects they're focusing on. Maybe there are clues that we haven't been given that should point toward that answer, such as a pattern of answers to previous questions, or some clue hidden in instructions we aren't seeing, or something along those lines. Or maybe this is more of a psychological test where they take a set of people who are considered smart and ask them what they consider the "best" answer to be (knowing full well that there isn't really any "correct" answer) and see what they come up with.

 

At any rate, at the risk of sounding arrogant, unless there are other clues that are supposed to come into play, I would just consider this to be a lousy question that has little if anything to do with logic and move on.


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Posted 04 May 2014 - 10:43 PM

The right answer is C, but I dont understand why.

 

Julia, I think we're all with you on that point.

It's hard to find a defining aspect that C uniquely has in common with the first three.


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