Here's why kids get this puzzle and adults don't

The puzzle in question.

The puzzle in question.

A logic puzzle that baffles adults can supposedly be solved by children in seconds.

The puzzle, from a Hong Kong primary school admission test for six-year-olds, is supposed to be solved in under 20 seconds. It has now gone viral, perhaps because of its absurd simplicity when actually worked out.

Based on the visible numbers in the image above students are asked to work out the number hidden by the parked car. The numbers - 16, 06, 68, 88, X, and 98 - don't exactly lead to any quick pattern recognition.

Until you flip it upside down. The answer is 87 - and the pattern is simple counting.

Annoyed you didn't see that right away? Don't worry, most people past puberty can't. Adults tends to overthink the numbers presented and attempt to work out some kind of complex algebraic pattern. Children are more used to solving problems from a range of different angles, rather than any tried to true solutions.

British puzzle designer David Bodycombe told The Guardian he came up with the puzzle back in the 90s while parked in a car park in Portugal.

He had no idea that any Hong Kong schools were using his puzzle, and had not received any compensation.

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