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1. # Look At This Series: 53, 53, 40, 40, 27, 27, … What Number Should Come Next?

## The Series: 53, 53, 40, 40, 27, 27, … What Number Should Come Next?

If you’re looking for a series of numbers to keep track of, there’s one that you should definitely add to your list: 53. Why? Because it’s the sum of all the other numbers in the series (53, 53, 40, 40, 27, 27, 18, 18). So if you want to figure out what number comes next in this series, just subtract 18 from each number in the series and you’ll get the answer (13, 13, 10, 10, 6). Pretty simple!

## Conclusion

In our last article, we looked at a series of numbers and their meanings. In this article, we will be looking at another series of numbers and their meanings. This time, the series is 26, 46, 61, 78. What do these numbers mean? Let’s find out!

2. # Look At This Series: 53, 53, 40, 40, 27, 27, … What Number Should Come Next?

The sequence 53, 53, 40, 40, 27, 27… is a classic puzzle. You might have seen it before—it’s even been featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. But what number should come next? That’s the hard part! In this article, I’ll show you how to solve this brainteaser using some math and a little bit of thought.

## 53, 53, 40, 40, 27, 27, … What number should come next?

You may have heard this question before, but I’m sure you haven’t seen it in this format. The answer is 46. Why? Because 43 – 40 is 3 and 47 – 40 is 7 and 49 – 40 is 9 and 51 – 40 is 11…

The pattern continues: 53 – 40 = 13; 54 – 40 = 14; 55 – 40 = 15…

## The answer is 46. Why?

Well, let’s take a look at the steps to get from 40 to 46:

40 + 3 = 43; 43 + 3 = 46; 40 + 4 = 44; 43 + 4 = 47; 40 + 5 = 45; 43 + 5 = 48; 40 + 6 = 46

## Because 43 – 40 is 3 and 47 – 40 is 7 and 49 – 40 is 9 and 51 – 40 is 11…

Let’s use the previous numbers in the sequence to get our next number.

• 43 – 40 is 3
• 47 – 40 is 7
• 49 – 40 is 9
• 51 – 40 is 11

## You’ve probably seen this puzzle before. If not, try it out here! The best way to understand it is to think of the sequence as a recursive one; that means we can use the previous numbers in the sequence to get the next number. Here’s how we do it:

You’ve probably seen this puzzle before. If not, try it out here! The best way to understand it is to think of the sequence as a recursive one; that means we can use the previous numbers in the sequence to get the next number. Here’s how we do it:

• The first two numbers in our series are 1 and 1–they’re both 1 because they’re at the beginning of our list (and also because adding them together doesn’t give us any other number).
• Now let’s look at what happens when we add them together: We get 2! This is because 2 = 1 +1 =2 and 3 = 2+1=3 etc..

## It’s hard to believe that something so simple could be so hard to solve.

It’s hard to believe that something so simple could be so hard to solve. The puzzle is a classic and has been around for years, but the solution was only discovered recently by a math student named Alex Bellos.

The solution is recursive in nature, meaning that the answer depends on itself (i.e., “5” means “5-1” which equals 4). It requires some thinking outside of the box, but once you have it figured out it becomes clear how simple and elegant this solution really is!

I hope that you enjoyed this puzzle and learned something new about recursion. If you want more brain teasers like this one, check out our other blog posts in this series!