A neanderthal walks into a room. Inside are a man and a woman with large sticks, surrounded by dozens of unintelligible glass discs and squares. The man (with the stick) comments he can see the ocean under the clouds. Why?

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    $\begingroup$ How can a glass disk be unintelligible? Do I not know some nuance of the word? $\endgroup$ – Martin Ender Nov 11 '14 at 19:54
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    $\begingroup$ Try and see it from the neanderthals perspective. He'll see a lot more as being unintelligible than you will :). Plus he'll lack the ability to different between a glass disc and something that may look like a glass disc. $\endgroup$ – Jay Carr Nov 11 '14 at 19:55
  • $\begingroup$ Shoot, thanks @Raystafarian, my engrish came through. $\endgroup$ – Jay Carr Nov 11 '14 at 19:58
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    $\begingroup$ Which man comments? The man with the stick or the neanderthal man? $\endgroup$ – Roger Nov 11 '14 at 20:02
  • $\begingroup$ The man with the stick. Neanderthal man is always just an observer in these situations...or something. I like to use him as an uninformed observer, makes the puzzles more interesting. $\endgroup$ – Jay Carr Nov 11 '14 at 20:03

The Neanderthal walked into a plane cockpit. The people with sticks are the pilot and co-pilot, who are holding onto the control sticks, are discussing the scenery (through the clouds below, they can see the ocean). The glass shapes are the windows and the various buttons for controlling the plane.

  • $\begingroup$ Ugh, I was thinking "plane" the entire time, but the cockpit didn't occur to me, and I couldn't make sense of the sticks. Nice! :) $\endgroup$ – Martin Ender Nov 11 '14 at 20:09
  • $\begingroup$ I was also thinking "art gallery" which photos of different landscapes. That could be pretty unintelligible! The best I could come up with for sticks is those extendable pointer sticks to draw attention to parts of a painting. $\endgroup$ – TheRubberDuck Nov 11 '14 at 20:11
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    $\begingroup$ I'm not sure a Neanderthal would think of those as "sticks". $\endgroup$ – Francis Davey Nov 11 '14 at 23:03
  • $\begingroup$ @FrancisDavey it would depend on the plane though I can see what you're saying, the yoke found in most Boeings don't look like sticks. But the sidestick seen in an Airbus could be seen as one :). $\endgroup$ – Jay Carr Nov 11 '14 at 23:47


Because the ocean is under the clouds. ☺

  • $\begingroup$ I do love that answer, but it's not quite right. Details my friend, details :D. $\endgroup$ – Jay Carr Nov 11 '14 at 19:56
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    $\begingroup$ I think this is probably the best answer. The glass circles and sticks are entirely irreverent given the "paradox" is naturally true. $\endgroup$ – DiscOH Nov 11 '14 at 20:36
  • $\begingroup$ @DiscOH But this is clearly not what the puzzle was going for. Even if it was nonsense, you could say something like "he was crazy" or "a gunman made him say it". There's no value here; it just avoids solving the puzzle. $\endgroup$ – TheRubberDuck Nov 12 '14 at 1:50

The man and woman are playing pool at a bar on a cruise ship. They are holding pool cues and are surrounded by the bar's cylindrical glass tables. There are a number of rectangular LCD TVs suspended in the room. As the sunlight slowly whisks away the heavy morning fog, the man remarks that he can finally see the ocean under the clouds. Clouds of fog, that is.

  • $\begingroup$ Creative, I like it! $\endgroup$ – Jay Carr Nov 14 '14 at 4:20

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