It’s time for another brain teaser. This one is adapted from author Carl Proujan.

We’ve given you five numbers: 8, 5, 4, 9 and 1. Now you give us the next five.

While you study the numbers and try to figure out how they relate to each other, here’s a word problem to keep you from mistakenly seeing the answer.

A man and his horse

You can find the answer to the horse problem here.

Now, back to the problem at hand. The first five numbers are 8, 5, 4, 9 and 1. The correct answer is…

Perhaps it’ll make more sense if we spell that out: eight, five, four, nine, one, seven, six, ten, three, two.

When spelled out in English, the numbers are written in alphabetical order. If you got it right, congrats! If you didn’t, send it to a friend and just pretend you did.


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Math Meeting

Do you know the answer? Hint: It’s not 15.