Puzzles

Can You Solve The Self-Counting Sentence Riddle?

Brain teasers are called that for a reason. Though a logic puzzle may seem pretty straightforward, these conundrums are designed to trip you up. In the self-counting sentence riddle by Presh Talwalkar of the MindYourDecisions YouTube channel, all you have to do is fill in the blanks. Easy enough, right?

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The Riddle

Insert numbers in the blanks to make this sentence true: "In this sentence, the number of occurrences of the digit 0 is __, of the digit 1 is __, of the digit 2 is __, of the digit 3 is __, of the digit 4 is __, of the digit 5 is __, of the digit 6 is __, of the digit 7 is __, of the digit 8 is __, and of the digit 9 is __." Watch the video below to hear the puzzle again, and watch how to solve it, step-by-step. Psst—there are two solutions presented in the video! You can find both answers in the video below, and by scrolling down to read.

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The Answer

One solution to the puzzle is this: "In this sentence, the number of occurrences of the digit 0 is 1, of the digit 1 is 11, of the digit 2 is 2, of the digit 3 is 1, of the digit 4 is 1, of the digit 5 is 1, of the digit 6 is 1, of the digit 7 is 1, of the digit 8 is 1, and of the digit 9 is 1." The other solution to the puzzle that's presented in the video is this: "In this sentence, the number of occurrences of the digit 0 is 1, of the digit 1 is 7, of the digit 2 is 3, of the digit 3 is 2, of the digit 4 is 1, of the digit 5 is 1, of the digit 6 is 1, of the digit 7 is 2, of the digit 8 is 1, and of the digit 9 is 1." Watch the video above to learn how this puzzle was solved. How'd you do?

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