# 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. David Roper September 3, 2013 at 3:03 PM (comment permalink) -

I’m getting 42, but if I keeping seeing them again (they didn’t say to count just once), then I get 84, no wait 126…wait…wait…

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2. BeachBouy September 3, 2013 at 3:58 PM (comment permalink) -
3. Mags September 3, 2013 at 4:32 PM (comment permalink) -

Okay, wasn’t fully paying attention this am as had other things to do. Now that I’m done I could fully concentrate.

Final answer is 25. I still think that the inner squares don’t count. The smaller squares cut off the corners of the other squares plus cut of the lines of the square in the centre, thus making them ineligible for counting.

Main square outline = 1
Divide main square in quarters with 2 lines = 4
Divide each inner square in quarters = 16 – 8 = 8 (This is where I think the number should be 8 not 16)
Plus when looking at it you see another 3 inner squares in the middle = 3 – 1 =2
Inside each of those 2 inner squares is another smaller square = 2
Those smaller squares are again divided = 8

However if you count the 9 squares which I think don’t count then the number is 34

That is it, no more doing this.

Ashraf please tell, what is the correct number?

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4. Mags September 3, 2013 at 4:47 PM (comment permalink) -

Frig, just saw another 2 squares I previously missed. However, I also consider these to been ineligible as their lines are also cut off by the 2 smaller squares in the middle. Therefore my revised number, if counting the squares I consider ineligible, is 36.

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5. josh September 3, 2013 at 6:02 PM (comment permalink) -
6. ramjet September 3, 2013 at 6:04 PM (comment permalink) -
7. sragan5 September 3, 2013 at 7:06 PM (comment permalink) -
8. Mr.Dave September 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM (comment permalink) -
9. Unicorn02 September 3, 2013 at 10:56 PM (comment permalink) -

This website shows the correct answer 40 and also an animation how it is counted:
http://www.webcooltips.com/count-the-number-of-squares-in-this-grid-picture.html

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10. Mr.Dave September 4, 2013 at 5:37 PM (comment permalink) -

[@Unicorn02] What a great animation, it makes it clear. Also proves me right! ;-)

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11. Ashraf September 8, 2013 at 6:12 AM (comment permalink) -
Mr. Boss

For anyone that hasn’t figured it out yet, the answer is 40.

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