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#1
06-04-2012, 10:26 AM
 Peanuthead Guest Join Date: May 2002
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
06-04-2012, 10:32 AM
 Balance Member Join Date: Jun 2000 Location: Dallas, TX Posts: 6,134
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 10:33 AM.
#3
06-04-2012, 10:34 AM
 kayaker Guest Join Date: Jul 2009
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 10:34 AM.
#4
06-04-2012, 10:36 AM
 Inner Stickler Guest Join Date: Jul 2005
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
06-04-2012, 10:45 AM
 Peanuthead Guest Join Date: May 2002
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 10:47 AM.
#6
06-04-2012, 10:45 AM
 septimus Guest Join Date: Dec 2009
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
06-04-2012, 10:48 AM
 TATG Guest Join Date: Aug 2008
1 + 1 = 1
#8
06-04-2012, 10:54 AM
 Inner Stickler Guest Join Date: Jul 2005
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Peanuthead 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
06-04-2012, 10:57 AM
 Ethilrist Guest Join Date: Nov 2000
€ + € = probably not supposed to say...
#10
06-04-2012, 04:11 PM
 Mosier Guest Join Date: Oct 2003
π + π = m
#11
06-04-2012, 04:21 PM
 Enderw24 Charter Member Join Date: Sep 2000 Location: KC. MO -094 35.3 39 4.9 Posts: 9,970
Quote:
 Originally Posted by tatg 1 + 1 = 1
1+1 = M

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Last edited by Enderw24; 06-04-2012 at 04:22 PM.
#12
06-12-2012, 10:24 PM
 Spectre of Pithecanthropus Dark Penguin of Retribution Charter MemberCharter Member Join Date: Aug 1999 Location: Behind the rabbit Posts: 16,820
I got all these almost immediately, which really surprised me. I usually don't do particularly well on such spatial reasoning puzzles.
#13
06-13-2012, 01:15 PM
 Spectre of Pithecanthropus Dark Penguin of Retribution Charter MemberCharter Member Join Date: Aug 1999 Location: Behind the rabbit Posts: 16,820
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Ethilrist € + € = probably not supposed to say...
What? What's wrong with Pisces?
#14
06-13-2012, 04:02 PM
 JohnT Charter Member Join Date: Jul 2001 Location: San Antonio, TX Posts: 11,736
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Peanuthead 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 04:03 PM. Reason: ETA: Whoo-hoo! I is smart!

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