Brain teaser goes viral: Spot the mistake in a 1-9 number sequence

Publish Date
Friday, 25 November 2022, 2:13PM

Think you’re good at puzzles and able to crack riddles with ease?

One brain teaser has taken the world by storm, and while it is super simple to answer, thousands of people have been left stumped.

The brain teaser has been posted to social media and asks participants to spot the mistake in a 1-9 number sequence.

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The numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, all appear in different rainbow colours, with the question above stating: “Can you spot the the MISTAKE?”

Simple, right? There is no maths, no counting, no spelling, and no cryptic elements to it.
But thousands have been left stumped.

The puzzle went viral after two women posted a video of themselves attempting the brain teaser.
As predicted, the numbers are in the correct order.

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So if you haven’t worked it out, what is the answer?

Turns out there was “the the” in the first sentence.

“Took me longer than I’d like to admit, I’m tired,” one wrote.

Another added, “Had me going for a minute.”

“It’s so funny how the brain automatically corrects for stuff like this! Found it but definitely took me a bit,” a third commented.

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