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Middle of the Deck (The 26th Card in the UK version) is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Last Specter. The puzzle must be solved in order to progress the story.

Puzzle

You have a 52-card deck with no jokers.

If the cards are all placed in a certain order that follows the pattern below, what will the number and suit of the 26th card be?

Hints




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US Version

It may seem complicated, but actually, it's surprisingly simple.

The cards are lined up according to a particular rule. Just look at their order carefully.

UK Version

It may seem complicated, but actually it's surprisingly simple. The cards are lined up according to a particular rule. Just look at their order carefully.

US Version

Trying to work out both the suit and number patterns at the same time can be confusing. Try figuring them out one at a time.

UK Version

Trying to work out both the suit and number patterns at the same time would be confusing. Try finding them one at a time.

US Version

The suits seem to follow a pattern of diamond, club, heart, spade. So, if you can find the pattern for the numbers, you should know the answer.

UK Version

The suits seem to follow the pattern diamond, club, heart, spade. So if you can find the pattern for the numbers, you should know the answer.

Two numbers are skipped for each card drawn, so what would the 26th card be?

US Version

It's important to realize the 14th card in the set is the same as the first.

UK Version

It's important to realise that the 14th card in the set is the same value as the first card...


Solution

Incorrect

Too bad!

US Version

Try going through the cards again, very carefully.

UK Version

Try counting through the cards very carefully.

Correct

Correct!

US Version

The Jack of Clubs. The suits maintain the order of diamonds, clubs, hearts, and spades, while two numbers are skipped for each card drawn.

UK Version

The jack of clubs. The suits come in the order of diamonds, clubs, hearts, spades, while two numbers are skipped for each card drawn.

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Alternative solving method

The suits go around in an order, and every time that suit re-appears it's number is one lower than the previous appearance of a card in that suit, when it gets down to Ace (1) it rolls back to King e.g.

Diamonds - A, K, Q, J

Clubs - 4, 3, 2, A

Hearts - 7, 6, 5

Spades - 10, 9, 8

♦A, ♣4, ♥7, ♠10, 

♦K, ♣3, ♥6, ♠9

♦Q, ♣2, ♥5, ♠8

A big thanks to http://professorlayton4walkthrough.blogspot.com

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