Solve this impossible puzzle.

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    Apr 04, 2014 12:50 PM GMT
    0000 = 4
    1111 = 0
    2222 = 0
    1234 = 0
    1298 = 3
    0111 = 1
    2864 = 3
    1089 = 4
    5489 = 3
    3888 = 6

    2889 = ?
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    Apr 04, 2014 12:54 PM GMT
    5?
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    Apr 04, 2014 2:07 PM GMT
    Harry7785 said5?
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    Apr 04, 2014 2:20 PM GMT
    5

    Hint: it's not solved mathematically. And therefore the equals sign is slightly misleading. Is more a "gives you" than a numerical equivalence.
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    Apr 04, 2014 2:53 PM GMT
    Well, I'm glad you chimed in, ART, or I would've thought this was a joke. I can't figure it out.
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    Apr 04, 2014 3:38 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said5

    Hint: it's not solved mathematically. And therefore the equals sign is slightly misleading. Is more a "gives you" than a numerical equivalence.


    You have seen this before, haven't you?
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    Apr 04, 2014 3:45 PM GMT
    I think it's time for the answer.
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    Apr 04, 2014 3:54 PM GMT
    immunity saidIf it were impossible there would be no solution. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Should I change the title to "improbable" icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 04, 2014 4:10 PM GMT
    I had to google for the solution. Let's just say I would never have come up with the solution myself. icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 04, 2014 4:50 PM GMT
    uberick said
    ART_DECO said5

    Hint: it's not solved mathematically. And therefore the equals sign is slightly misleading. Is more a "gives you" than a numerical equivalence.

    You have seen this before, haven't you?

    Nope, never. But at first I was confused by the "topography" of it. It wasn't until I made a crucial geometric distinction that I realized the only possible answer.
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    Apr 04, 2014 8:28 PM GMT
    I hate these kinds of puzzles because I can never figure them out. icon_twisted.gif
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    Apr 04, 2014 10:12 PM GMT
    I kept going round in circles until I googled the answer....
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    Apr 04, 2014 10:27 PM GMT
    I may be totally wrong here but:

    0 = 1 (since four 0s = 4) (1+1+1+1=4)
    1 = 0 (since four 1s = 0) (0+0+0+0=0)
    2 = 0 (since four 2s = 0) (0+0+0+0=0)
    1234 = 0 means 3 & 4 = 0 (above for 1 & 2) (0+0+0+0=0)

    1298 would mean 1=0 (above); 2=0 (above); and 9 & 8 combined have to = 3
    2864 = 3 would mean 2=0 (above); 4=0 (above); and 8 & 6 combined = 3
    1089 = 4 1=0 (above); 0=1 (above); 8 & 9 combined = 3 (established above)
    5489 = 3 From our figures above 5 = 0. Not relevant
    3888 = 6 means 3 = 0 (above) then three 8s = 6 divided 3 or 2 each.
    If 8 = 2 and 9&8 combined = 3 then 9 alone = 2 therefore:

    2 = 0
    8 = 2
    8 = 2
    9 = 1
    -------- (added)
    5

    Looks good anyway! LOL
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    Apr 04, 2014 10:30 PM GMT
    I think I've had here with the people who post quizzes and never post the answers. I'm going to write ART for an answer.
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    Apr 05, 2014 1:03 AM GMT
    Small circle small circle, big circle....
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    Apr 05, 2014 1:12 AM GMT
    Spoiler:
    [ 5, It's the number of loops in that chain. ]
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    Apr 05, 2014 2:01 AM GMT
    eb925guy said... Looks good anyway! LOL

    Nice. They could have used letters of the alphabet instead of numbers but then it would have been too easy.
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    Apr 05, 2014 2:17 AM GMT
    JohnSpotter saidI think I've had here with the people who post quizzes and never post the answers. I'm going to write ART for an answer.

    Which you did and I gave you. But this is not my puzzle, up to uberick to give the answer in the thread.
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    Apr 05, 2014 4:00 AM GMT
    eb925guy saidI may be totally wrong here but:

    0 = 1 (since four 0s = 4) (1+1+1+1=4)
    1 = 0 (since four 1s = 0) (0+0+0+0=0)
    2 = 0 (since four 2s = 0) (0+0+0+0=0)
    1234 = 0 means 3 & 4 = 0 (above for 1 & 2) (0+0+0+0=0)

    1298 would mean 1=0 (above); 2=0 (above); and 9 & 8 combined have to = 3
    2864 = 3 would mean 2=0 (above); 4=0 (above); and 8 & 6 combined = 3
    1089 = 4 1=0 (above); 0=1 (above); 8 & 9 combined = 3 (established above)
    5489 = 3 From our figures above 5 = 0. Not relevant
    3888 = 6 means 3 = 0 (above) then three 8s = 6 divided 3 or 2 each.
    If 8 = 2 and 9&8 combined = 3 then 9 alone = 2 therefore:

    2 = 0
    8 = 2
    8 = 2
    9 = 1
    -------- (added)
    5

    Looks good anyway! LOL


    I came to the exact conclusion! Solid evidence!
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    Apr 05, 2014 4:12 AM GMT
    OK, the OP is dragging his feet. Answer: Simply count the circles formed by each 4-numeral group, for these digits:

    0 = 1
    6 = 1
    8 = 2
    9 = 1

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 form no circles.

    Therefore in 2889:

    2 = no circles
    8 = 2 circles
    8 = 2 circles
    9 = 1 circle

    For a total of 5 circles, making 2889 = 5. You can see that all the other statements follow this visual pattern.

    This is not strictly a mathematical problem or a sequence, but a shapes problem. The number value of the digits is not important, but rather how many circles does each number combination form in a graphical sense. Therefore the use of the equals (=) sign is a bit misleading.
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    Apr 05, 2014 11:13 AM GMT
    Lol was it an Asian guy that invented this puzzle? Lol, I'm going to say number 7 because it did not appear on the list and it's my favorite number. Haha, good enough reason for me, if you don't like it so Sue Me !! icon_biggrin.gificon_razz.gif
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    Apr 05, 2014 1:34 PM GMT
    I like this puzzle. I was actually looking for shapes in the numbers but never looked for the right shape. I think it's pretty good ART and others were able to solve it. I don't believe for a second that children can do it easier than adults as the Net says. I think that was just part of the hype to make it more interesting.
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    Apr 05, 2014 1:36 PM GMT
    Bodycontactau saidI kept going round in circles until I googled the answer....

    Good one!
    I didn't catch on that you were giving us the answer there.
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    Apr 05, 2014 1:47 PM GMT
    WALK ON WATER and KEEP ON SMILING are pretty obvious but I can't figure out the others.
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    Apr 07, 2014 2:07 AM GMT
    JohnSpotter saidWALK ON WATER and KEEP ON SMILING are pretty obvious but I can't figure out the others.
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    (Not sure on first one)

    Walk on water

    Space in Vaders

    Ur on my mind over and over

    Keep on smiling

    Add it up