## Purported Primary 1 bonus question confuses the Internet

### Purported Primary 1 bonus question confuses the Internet

SINGAPORE - A purported bonus question from a Primary 1 examination paper has left netizens stumped after it appeared on local forums on Monday (May 15).

A photo of the bonus question, which is worth four marks, first surfaced on the HardwareZone forum site and later spread on social media.

The circular puzzle, which has five numbers, calls for the taker to study the number pattern and fill in the missing numbers. No further information was given on how to solve it.

The question said marks will be awarded for correct answers, while no marks will be deducted for wrong ones.

Netizens were split over the correct way to solve it, with many suggesting that there was no fixed answer.

A check by The Straits Times found that a near-identical puzzle had appeared previously on the blog of Gordon Burgin, who claims to be an author of maths puzzles and logic problems.

However, the bottom-left number in Mr Burgin's puzzle is 20 instead of 2.

Called the Petite Circle, Mr Burgin's puzzle provided more information on how to solve it, and contains a detailed solution.

The puzzle is reminiscent of a maths question, dubbed "Cheryl's birthday", that went viral across the globe and left netizens scratching their heads in April 2015.

It was initially mistook for a Primary 5 question but turned out to be a Secondary 3 Maths Olympiad question.

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/e ... 1494839300

A photo of the bonus question, which is worth four marks, first surfaced on the HardwareZone forum site and later spread on social media.

The circular puzzle, which has five numbers, calls for the taker to study the number pattern and fill in the missing numbers. No further information was given on how to solve it.

The question said marks will be awarded for correct answers, while no marks will be deducted for wrong ones.

Netizens were split over the correct way to solve it, with many suggesting that there was no fixed answer.

A check by The Straits Times found that a near-identical puzzle had appeared previously on the blog of Gordon Burgin, who claims to be an author of maths puzzles and logic problems.

However, the bottom-left number in Mr Burgin's puzzle is 20 instead of 2.

Called the Petite Circle, Mr Burgin's puzzle provided more information on how to solve it, and contains a detailed solution.

The puzzle is reminiscent of a maths question, dubbed "Cheryl's birthday", that went viral across the globe and left netizens scratching their heads in April 2015.

It was initially mistook for a Primary 5 question but turned out to be a Secondary 3 Maths Olympiad question.

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/e ... 1494839300

### Re: Purported Primary 1 bonus question confuses the Internet

Dunno what they want to test in P1 kids where topics hardly covered are addition and subtraction till SA1..really wonder how many primary teachers can answer this question correctly.

### Re: Purported Primary 1 bonus question confuses the Internet

It was on HardwareZone. It must be true!

- superkiasudad
- OrangeBelt
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### Re: Purported Primary 1 bonus question confuses the Internet

This question stumped even my boy who is in secondary school! Anyway it appears that the question is flawed and here's the actual solution.

http://accdenteach.blogspot.sg/2017/05/ ... imary.html

http://accdenteach.blogspot.sg/2017/05/ ... imary.html

### Re: Purported Primary 1 bonus question confuses the Internet

Actually, the answer starting clockwise from the top is 6, 1, 8 and 9. According to where this question actually came from, the answers have to be numbers between 1 and 9. Otherwise, there can be any number of permutations.superkiasudad wrote:This question stumped even my boy who is in secondary school! Anyway it appears that the question is flawed and here's the actual solution.

http://accdenteach.blogspot.sg/2017/05/ ... imary.html

Not that I believe it was a P1 exam question.

### Re: Purported Primary 1 bonus question confuses the Internet

if this is indeed a question for p1, i really pity the kids.

- superkiasudad
- OrangeBelt
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### Re: Purported Primary 1 bonus question confuses the Internet

Oh. But the question did not specify that the numbers have to between 1 and 9. It just asked the students to fill in the missing numbers. Perhaps there is another variant floating around? The mystery deepens!pirate wrote:Actually, the answer starting clockwise from the top is 6, 1, 8 and 9. According to where this question actually came from, the answers have to be numbers between 1 and 9. Otherwise, there can be any number of permutations.superkiasudad wrote:This question stumped even my boy who is in secondary school! Anyway it appears that the question is flawed and here's the actual solution.

http://accdenteach.blogspot.sg/2017/05/ ... imary.html

Not that I believe it was a P1 exam question.

### Re: Purported Primary 1 bonus question confuses the Internet

No mystery lah. Just go to the Straits Times link in the first post of this thread.superkiasudad wrote: Oh. But the question did not specify that the numbers have to between 1 and 9. It just asked the students to fill in the missing numbers. Perhaps there is another variant floating around? The mystery deepens!

### Re: Purported Primary 1 bonus question confuses the Internet

According to Abraham Lincoln, if it's on the internet, it must be true.pirate wrote:

Not that I believe it was a P1 exam question.