Can You Spot the Missing Number in This Viral Puzzle?

Can You Spot the Missing Number in This Viral Puzzle?
Can You Spot the Missing Number in This Viral Puzzle?
Samantha Brodsky

From Prevention

There's nothing like a good puzzle — like the triumph of cracking a painstakingly hard riddle. A brainteaser released by Playbuzz sometime last year is making the rounds again for how surprisingly difficult it is to solve.

Here's the premise: Look at a sequence of numbers and figure out which one is missing as quickly as possible without going through the digits one by one. Easy enough, right? Wrong.

At first glance — and second and third — it's almost impossible to spot the omitted number between 1 and 49. See for yourself:

Photo credit: Playbuzz
Photo credit: Playbuzz

It's not some crippling mystery that calls for a Nancy Drew-level investigation, and it doesn't challenge your logic, yet the Internet is having a hard time solving it.

Speed factor aside, once you take the time to actually count in numerical order, you should be able to get your answer.

Find it yet? Here's a hint: It's somewhere in between 20 and 40.

(h/t AWM)


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