What’s Next: A Pattern Recognition Puzzle

Pattern puzzle

Can you determine the next pattern in this pattern sequence?


In every row, the three images depict lines with 0, 1 and 2 intersections. That is, each row must contain an image with 0 intersection, an image with 1 intersection, and an image with 2 intersections.

The number of intersections of the images for the first two rows are in this order:

0, 2, 1
2, 1, 0

As for the third row:

1, 0, ?

It’s now easy to conclude that the answer has to be a figure that depicts 2 intersections. From the choices, figure C is the only choice that has 2 intersections.

A friend emailed this puzzle to me earlier this morning as a challenge. He said that only a “genius” could solve it (you know, like those claims you see on puzzles from Facebook). While I would admit that this made me think for a minute, I have solved too many puzzles for me to find this difficult.

Nonetheless, the solution I provided here was just my own interpretation of the problem. I don’t know the official solution since the bastard wouldn’t even tell me whether my solution is correct.

So, do you have any other interpretations? Are there other potential solutions? Let me know on the comments section below.

Edit: I just noticed that the pattern I described not only applies horizontally also vertically and diagonally.


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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com

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