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 2006-02-15, 17:34 #1 davar55     May 2004 New York City 3·17·83 Posts Alphabet Puzzle Just a little alphabetic puzzle -- Which of the following letters doesn't belong in this list? a, b, c, d, o, p, q, r.
2006-02-15, 18:22   #2
drew

Jun 2005

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Quote:
 Originally Posted by davar55 Just a little alphabetic puzzle -- Which of the following letters doesn't belong in this list? a, b, c, d, o, p, q, r.
'o'

You know there's no correct answer to this, right? (I think Silverman commented on this in an I.Q. test thread)

Last fiddled with by drew on 2006-02-15 at 18:22

 2006-02-15, 19:48 #3 Kees     Dec 2005 22·72 Posts I suppose that o ressembles the 0 too much to be used in mathematical proofs. Since often triplets are needed, with room for quadruplets and so on, and since i , j and k are also already in use for quaternions, it is indeed an obvious choice to continue at p
 2006-02-15, 20:16 #4 Numbers     Jun 2005 Near Beetlegeuse 22×97 Posts 'o' is the odd one out. It is the only one that can be transmitted in morse code without using a dot. o = ---
 2006-02-15, 20:48 #5 davar55     May 2004 New York City 3·17·83 Posts In reply ^^ : no, there is a correct, simple, logical choice, not a joke. I never saw this puzzle in any IQ test. And (hint, I guess) it's not "o".
 2006-02-15, 20:53 #6 grandpascorpion     Jan 2005 Transdniestr 7678 Posts q. All the other letters can be followed by a consonant in some legal English word. Last fiddled with by grandpascorpion on 2006-02-15 at 20:54
 2006-02-15, 21:53 #7 davar55     May 2004 New York City 3×17×83 Posts Well, then there would be no reason to limit the list to just these eight letters. So (hint) all but one of these letters has a certain property not shared by the desired solution letter; and when you find the property, it should be clear why the eighth letter was chosen, although another letter (among the remaining 26-8 == 18 letters) might do just as well. And (hint again, I guess) it's not "q".
 2006-02-16, 08:54 #8 mfgoode Bronze Medalist     Jan 2004 Mumbai,India 22·33·19 Posts Alphabet Puzzle. 'a' since its bottom part is written from right to left unlike the others written left to right. Mally
 2006-02-16, 09:39 #9 Kees     Dec 2005 22·72 Posts Or 'c' because all the others have a closed interior (for r we take R)
 2006-02-16, 10:27 #10 xilman Bamboozled!     "πΊππ·π·π­" May 2003 Down not across 11·971 Posts The answer is 'r'. All the others are followed by a comma but r is followed by a full stop (or period, if you live in that part of the world). Simple, logical, not 'q' and any of the other letters of the alphabet would work equally well instead of 'r'. My solution meets all of your requirements. Paul
2006-02-16, 12:24   #11
mfgoode
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Alphabet Puzzle.

Quote:
 Originally Posted by xilman The answer is 'r'. All the others are followed by a comma but r is followed by a full stop (or period, if you live in that part of the world). Simple, logical, not 'q' and any of the other letters of the alphabet would work equally well instead of 'r'. My solution meets all of your requirements. Paul
Thats a valid point Paul.
I would also say 'r' as its undergoes least lateral inversion when viewed in a mirror and is an exception to the others.
Mally

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