Petals Around the Rose

Petals Around the Rose is a lateral thinking mind game which I stumbled upon today. I love these kind of challenges and I thought I’d share it with you. The game is traditionally played with five dices, but here I have a flash version of it.

Before playing it, here are some info you should consider first.

There are three, and only three, rules:

  1. The name of the game is “Petals Around the Rose”, and the name is significant.
  2. The answer is always zero or an even number.
  3. Anyone who knows the game may give the answer to any roll, but they must not disclose the reasoning.

If you succeed in working out the secret to the challenge, you become a Potentate of the Rose!

Hit the Roll button, then input your answer to the question and finally, hit the Check button to see if you get it right!

Petals Around the Rose

Are you up to the task?

Let me know if you managed to solve the mystery and how fast were you.
Oh, and you should solve it at least three-four time in a row just to eliminate the luck factor! :)

P.S. If by any chance you happen to be Ogica, you should solve if at least 6 out of 49 times before validation! (Only Romanians will get this poor joke…)

Lateral Thinking

In case you are wondering, lateral thinking is about reasoning that is not immediately obvious and about ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic.

It’s a term devised by Edward de Bono (Maltese psychologist, physician and writer) and it first appeared in the title of his book “The Use of Lateral Thinking”, published in 1967.

De Bono defines lateral thinking as methods of thinking concerned with changing concepts and perception.

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Reader Comments

Is there any clue about how I should play it? What is the rose and what are the petal?

I can only give those 3 rules and each time you roll, you’ll get the answer of after your guess. The rest is up to you!

I finally known the answer :)…

If so, then you can call yourself a Potentate of the Rose now! :)

I’m no wiser one out of 10 by luck more than anything. I may have another go later after I have put my brain to rest for a while.

Don’t you worry… there is a funny story that it took quite a while to Bill Gates to figure it out!

Are you going to spill over the secret to this, its still driving me crazy!

I cannot do that - it’s against the 3rd rule :)

Took me some 10 minutes, but it felt pretty good to have discovered it. The rules pretty much give you everything, you just have to read them properly. Thanks for the challenge! :)

Took me a minute, tops. Had a hunch as soon as I read the rules, took a couple of rolls to refine my hunch and confirm it.

Took 2 tries. Under a minute. I’m a Pontentate of the rose now?

Yes! :)

You should try it some more so it wouldn’t be by luck ;)

okay I’m obviously doing something wrong here.

i give up….not a lateral thinker i guess.

I am mystifies by this game, does that make me a longitude thinker?

Haha this game is awesome I realized that I have something in common with you I love these brain teasers. I am not going to get any work done trying to figure this out.

I cant figure it out! But if bill gates took a while then I dont feel so bad :lol:

i spent more than minutes trying to solve the puzzle..well maybe im not just as brilliant as my cousin..he took the puzzle in just a speed of time..

I figured out what is this game about at my third try. It was funny. I like this kind of mind games. ;)

I actually got it straight away! I am now a Potentate of the Rose!

The game is very tricky.. by now I did not manage to solve the mystery..