Can You Open the Lock Using These Clues ?

Puzzle Details

Here is a viral across social media. The riddle, called “Can you open the lock using these clues?”. This Puzzle features an image of a padlock and a series of hints about which digits are in the answer.

There are five hints to help you find the answer:
682: One digit is right and in its place
614: One digit is right but in the wrong place
206: Two digits are right but both are in the wrong place
738: All digits are wrong
380: One digit is right but in the wrong place
you can read through the clues again and try to find the correct answer.


The Puzzle Can Be Solved Following a Series of Steps and Deductions,

Spoiler: The correct answer to the riddle is 042. Now that you know the answer, you can read through the clues again and see how each one applies to the answer.

the best way to solve the puzzle is to identify the simple understandable clue, here in the given clues fourth one is the simple clue to understanding, and it says that 738: All digits are wrong, which means that the answer doesn't contain any of the digits 7 3 and 8.

Because the fourth clue eliminates 7, 3, and 8 as possibilities, the fifth clue means that 0 is the only correct number but in the wrong position.

The third clue indicates that the right digits, including the 0, are in the wrong place. That means the 0 must be the first number of the code. this is because according to the third clue 0 can be in first or third place, but according to the fifth clue 0 cannot be in third place, so the possibility is only in the first place.

Based on the first and second clues, the 6 must be eliminated as a possibility because it’s in the same place in both clues, but one clue says it’s in the right place and the other clue says it’s in the wrong place. 

So by looking at the first clue, we can determine that 6 and 8 are both eliminated (the 8 due to the fourth clue), meaning that the 2 is right and in its place.

The final number can be solved using the second clue. Because the digit remaining to be solved is the second digit, the answer must be 4 and not 1. The digit is right but in the wrong place, so it can’t be 1, which is already in the middle, so it must be 4, meaning the full answer is 042.

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