Here’s a puzzle that took Bill Gates several hours to solve, but he stuck with it and finally got it.

The name of the game is Petals Around the Rose. The name is significant. Every answer is zero or an even number. That’s all the information you get.

You can play the game in Javascript or Flash.

It took me about five minutes to figure it out. I started getting way to complex, then reread the instructions and realized I was making it too complicated.

Caution: Some people give away the answer in the via link.

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that was cool I also learned a similar one called polar bears around an ice hole. maybe it is the exact game. thanks for the MS info on arabic

There was a game similar to this that I learned in my math class in 8th grade. At first I thought it was the same game, but it’s a slight modification.

Fareed: From the discussion at Metafilter, it is exactly the same game, just a different name. You’re welcome for the Arabic info.

Cameron: Is it different enough that you weren’t able to use the solution to solve this one?

Well, the solution worked for the first example, and I at first thought it was the same. But when it didn’t work for the others, it took a few minutes to come up with what they were doing.

this is the solution

There are 2 petals for every dice roll of 3, and 4 petals for every dice roll of 5.

God i hate that game

that bloody solution doesnt work!!!!!! i’ve been sitting here for hours and i still can’t figure it out. HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

Hey claudia, that solution does work. There’s an explanation too, but if you follow those two rules it’s correct every time.

i didnt think this was too clever. it was a waste of time, and was not entertaining at all.

thats not the real point of the rule the point is that the middle dot is the rose and the dots around it are the petals hence the 3 is 2 thing but its not just random

i tried alot of math multiplication,and division

that didn’t work

when you figure it out you could kick yourself

SOMEONE HELP ME!!!!!!! TELL ME HOW TO PLAY!!!!!!!!1

OMG!!! all you have to do is add the odd dice and subtract the count of odd dice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@Noah: It’s a lot simpler than that.

please just tell me nobody will tell me!!!

@alyssa Did you read the comments?