# Can you figure out how many squares are in this picture? [Image]

September 3, 2013 36

If you counted 27… you’d be wrong.

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1. Seamus McSeamus September 3, 2013 at 8:08 AM (comment permalink) -
2. unicorn02 September 3, 2013 at 8:13 AM (comment permalink) -
3. John K September 3, 2013 at 8:17 AM (comment permalink) -
4. kevbo September 3, 2013 at 8:34 AM (comment permalink) -

40 (36 at first), because unicorn02′s answer kept me looking for the last 4.

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5. pamela brooke September 3, 2013 at 9:02 AM (comment permalink) -
6. Mags September 3, 2013 at 9:13 AM (comment permalink) -

Going out on a limb here, but I say 19.

Original large square = 1, 4 squares inside on the left and right side = 8, 1 square in the middle of top 2 rows and 1 square in middle of bottom 2 rows = 2 (Note, the squares in the middle of those two rows eliminate those rows as being squares.)

Then those 2 squares each contain 4 small squares which = 8.

Therefore, 1 + 8 + 2 + 8 = 19

I could be wrong but that is my guess.

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7. Dave B September 3, 2013 at 9:22 AM (comment permalink) -
8. Dave B September 3, 2013 at 9:23 AM (comment permalink) -

[@Dave B]

I also got 36 the first time, but decided to recount to double check that was all of them. Managed to find 4 more.

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9. BeachBouy September 3, 2013 at 9:30 AM (comment permalink) -
10. BeachBouy September 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM (comment permalink) -

Hmmm… second time, I only counted 38. I must’ve counted some twice the first time.

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11. Mags September 3, 2013 at 9:35 AM (comment permalink) -

Oops, just realized I missed 2, therefore, revised answer is 21.

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12. Commonkore September 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM (comment permalink) -

I also count 40 squares.

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13. JT September 3, 2013 at 9:44 AM (comment permalink) -

[@Mags]
I counted 19 as well.

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14. Luca F. September 3, 2013 at 9:45 AM (comment permalink) -

I also think 40.
The big one that is 4×4 cells.
There are 4 squares that are 3×3 at each corner.
There are 9 squares 2×2.
There are 16 squares 1×1.
The two squares overlapped in the middle.
The 4 little squares inside each of the two squares in the middle.

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15. Lizzytish September 3, 2013 at 9:58 AM (comment permalink) -

None.

No squares in the word ‘picture’
LT

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16. oldtimer56 September 3, 2013 at 10:09 AM (comment permalink) -

17
8 inside + 8 little ones and the main outside one.

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17. Henfracar September 3, 2013 at 10:22 AM (comment permalink) -
18. Darcy September 3, 2013 at 10:25 AM (comment permalink) -

I’m only finding 36, can’t see the extra 4 mentioned above.

The entire diagram = 1
Smaller squares in a 4×4 grid plus the two similar size ones overlapping lines = 18
2×2 sets of those smaller squares = 5
3×3 sets of those smaller squares = 4
2 sets of 4 smallest size squares = 8

That totals 36 to me. Anyone care to point out the other 4?

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19. Luca F. September 3, 2013 at 10:54 AM (comment permalink) -

“2×2 sets of those smaller squares = 5″
Darcy, the above 2×2 squares are actually 9. Just find the first one (upper-left angle), then shift it for just one square on the right and find the second one, then again for the third one, and you reach the right side of the big square. Then repeat going down for one square, and so on.
I hope I made it clear, because my English is a little poor.

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20. kgcrafts September 3, 2013 at 12:06 PM (comment permalink) -
21. kgcrafts September 3, 2013 at 12:07 PM (comment permalink) -

I have also counted 38.

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22. kgcrafts September 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM (comment permalink) -

[@kgcrafts] Oh wait – I found four more…..42 total.

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23. stefan September 3, 2013 at 12:46 PM (comment permalink) -
24. WildCat September 3, 2013 at 1:37 PM (comment permalink) -

whole square +1
small single squares +18
smaller 1/4 size single squares +8
2×2 top,middle,bottom row squares +9
3×3 corner squares +4

Total= 1+18+8+9+4 = 40

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25. Seamus McSeamus September 3, 2013 at 2:06 PM (comment permalink) -