Questions tagged [lateral-thinking]

A puzzle solved through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable only using logic.

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What will you do for this country? [closed]

Suppose 70% of people in a country of 100 crore population loses their jobs. What will you do to provide a steady income($10/day as per current value)those people who lost their jobs?
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Unusual series of events

If you are alert, you might clearly see an object in your imagination when you read the sentence: "It lasted only from CTScan to Face Palm." What is the object?
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The Angry Astrologist [closed]

The angry astrologist has locked you up in a series of a room. With your superior thinking abilities, you escape them one by one, until you reach the final room. There’s a locked door with an ...
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Weren't we supposed to know more of the story by now…?

This happened almost exactly a decade ago, so excuse me if I get some of the details wrong. I overheard a couple of people talking about somebody I assumed was a mutual acquaintance who had died very ...
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What's the girl's name?

Here is what happened: He sailed along 25 reefs, passing 1 chameleon, in order to see her sweet bosoms. What's her name? Hint:
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An original non-recursive sequence

16, ?, 19, ?, ?, 15, 16, 9, ?, ?, 14, ?, ?, ?, ?, 1 According to my measure, this sequence is more original than that of Fibonacci. Replace the question marks with the missing numbers.
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What world is this where 6 + 6 = 10?

Upon traveling the world, I found myself in a peculiar place which was called Gauss. The locals there were a peculiar people, as I soon found out. I stopped to grab a bite to eat and learn about the ...
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No spoiler alert - What am I?

Here're some of my properties: ...
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A shocking event

When I'm all over the place - give me a yelling When I need hair washing - give me a frightening When I need a clutch - give me soft singing When I need an aromatic - give me a whole county When I ...
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Zed's Phone: Failure to Communicate

My friend Beto and I constantly buy things for one another. One day, he gave me a strange-looking phone and said it was my birthday gift (My birthday wouldn't be until 3 more months). He said he ...
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Lost Time at Motel?

Jack is a truck driver from Springfield, Illinois. On one of his trips to Louisville, Kentucky, something bizarre happened. He left Springfield at 8:00 PM and arrived at Louisville 4 hours later. Then ...
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How did everyone fit in the Car? [closed]

John and his wife own a car that fits a maximum of 5 people. He drives Molly to work every day. On his way, he drops his three kids off at school, and his mom at the mall. How did everyone fit in ...
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A letter sequence with curious repetitions

There was a time when I created some letter series puzzles. This one is an old one. Replace the question marks. P, Ca, ?, ?, O, Ca, P, Ca, ?, ?, ?, Ca Hints(1-3): I will reveal three question marks....
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From 2D shapes to one word

There is a single word association to the image.
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Body Language, Perhaps?

You should be able to tell what I'm saying by looking at what I'm doing with my hands and combining the expressions on my face. Just be careful to mind your p's and q's (and your i's and j's). ...
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What is the verbal association to the following picture?

My first puzzle of this type. In the following visual design the hidden clues will lead you to the final verbal association. It is only one word. Hint 1 Hint 2 Hint 3 Hint 4 Hint 5 Hint 6 Hint ...
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What is the missing sequence in this pattern?

I have here a simple binary-like pattern, consisting of crosses (X) and circles (O). ...
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A loyal traitor

Two countries are at war, Albekistan and Uzbania. The leader of the Albekistanian army asks, "Who ___ me?". The Uzbanian army's leader replies, "I ___ you!" She is promptly shot by her own army for ...
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Photographic Companions

What do we all need to breathe which connects the concepts of "photographic equipment" and "companion", based on the etymology of their synonyms?
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A shoe in the safe

A woman travels often, and when she does, she stays in hotels. Every night, before going to bed in a hotel, she takes off her shoes and puts one of the shoes into the hotel safe. Why?
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Same word on both sides makes it right

Insert same one word on both sides (in place of the ?) of the following to make it correct. (No inserting any math operators or not equal to, > or < signs) ? (? V(LXVII)) = ? XIII Explain why. ...
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What kind of help does he need?

Old newspaper ad: "Handler of purple cows needed on farm. Leave a message on lj36@dropmail.me or call (31)725-618171421" What does he need help with? Hint 1 Hint 2 Hint 3 Hint 4 Hint 5 Hint 6 ...
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Replace the question marks with one single word

This one needs a lot of lateral thinking In the equation below replace all the question marks with one single word (same word at every question mark). Then show that the equation is correct.
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Nobody can solve this puzzle [closed]

Yes, literally, nobody can solve this puzzle. While every answer might get upvotes, nobody's answer will be accepted. Nobody gets the green check. In this sense, the puzzle is fair to everyone. ...
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The shortest , largest number [closed]

"Write a number", said Grandpa "Which is the shortest number, that is also the largest" "Shortest?" I asked "Yup. You can write it with six straight lines, period" "So you want me ...
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The Weird cipher password?

During your search to the ' great hidden computer virus ' , you realized that you are just a password from accessing it. Frantically , you searched for a clue that might help you . At last you ...
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Solve the last equation

My brother showed me the following puzzle from some type of (IQ?) quiz game on his phone: 1 + 2 = 21 2 + 3 = 36 3 + 4 = 43 4 + 5 = ?? I am quite sure this was the original question asked. ...
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Frequent or rare?

Which common thing do these words have uncommonly in common? mole kiss breath Mates! Please note, if you haven't found the answer yet - it helps you find your way back to the real world.
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I terrify those beneath

My beginning: steamy, but 2/5ths crazy My middle, wailing, from spectres hazy My end, demonic, lives in Hell My start, to there, does transport sell My middle, within, the original man My end, ends, ...
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Give the name of this “outlaw” [closed]

Who/what am I? I am a stunning fresh shiny bandit HINT: HINT2: HINT3: HINT4:
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What is the common verbal association? [closed]

|| — S S S Your answer should be one word to this problem.
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The Great Key Mix-Up

You're plant-sitting for your friend while he's gone on vacation. Upon getting to the front door, you take out the key ring he gave you. There are a few different keys on it all mixed together. You ...
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Today I am 20 but next year I will turn 22 [duplicate]

A riddle popped in my mind some time ago. A man is celebrating his 20th Birthday. After the cake is cut and the dinner is done, he addresses the crowd. "Thanks for joining me today to celebrate my ...
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Did I get free gas?

I was sitting at home one day when I felt a strong hunger overtake me. So I grab my keys and hop in the car. A quick glance at my gas gauge showed I had exactly half a tank. I drive a few miles over ...
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Digital Bananas

Homer is taking a joy ride on the highway when he is pulled over by officer Mickey. "Do you know how fast you were going?" the officer asks condescendingly. Homer replies uneasily, "I may have been ...
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Everyone Gets a Window Seat

I and my friends periodically go on a trip. This is a "round" trip as we always end up back in our original location. I noticed something curious: Even though... We all take the same vehicle, ...
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“Short” And Sweet Math

In the following chess diagram, how many possible chess postions exist? No looking at the solution! Source: P1359129 & Andrew Jonathan Mestel, Retros mailing list, 2/1/2019
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Finish the sequence

1 $\to$ 4 $\to$ 6 2 $\to$ 3 $\to$ 7 19 $\to$ 16 $\to$ 11 8 $\to$ 14 $\to$ 12 15 $\to$ 17 $\to$ 19 18 $\to$ 13 $\to$ __
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Dear amigo, Joyful it is to be your friend. One of which, people can depend. So without further ado happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you and - meh, Morah too. Usually there’s a ...
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Relationship Advice

I have big news! I finally have a girlfriend! She's really nice and is studying to be a cartographer. As you know, I don't have much experience with the ladies, so I need some advice. I have been ...
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See the Line Where the Sky Meets

Walking along the beach one day, I came across a glass bottle with a piece of parchment inside. I quickly opened the bottle and unfurled the scroll. On it the riddle below was written. i sail ...
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Improbable Inequalities

I'm making a work decision, and in my as I weigh the digits {0-9} as they pertain to this particular situation, I find: In one case, this is true: ...
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Write a Schrödinger's sentence [closed]

Write an indicative sentence whose truthfulness cannot be objectively determined before you try to find it out, but is immediately decided as soon as you begin to find it. The truthfulness must not ...
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What is the next number in this sequence [closed]

3, 8, 24, 72, 213, 668, 2064, 6312, ... What's the next number? This sequence mod 3 is 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 0; mod 2 is 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0; mod 5 is 3, 3, 4, 2, 3, 3, 4, 2. And there seems to ...
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Who is the Killer from the following suspect in this image? [closed]

I did a lot of image search on google and found out the original source of the image is http://www.ghadahaleidi.com/ because there is a lot of debate I posted the answer myself and here are the ...
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A scar in the fabric of space and time - a true story

A few days ago, Leonard was invited to attend a ceremony held in the principality of Monaco, to celebrate the birth of a new member of the sovereign family. Now standing in the middle of a busy ...
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Time to call the bluff [closed]

You are located outside of two rooms which have a door between them. Each room has one or more computers whose total power is unknown, so they cannot be reliably used as proof-of-work to compare times,...
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Ask one verbal question to figure out who is blind and who is mute among three persons

This is another "You can ask only one question" puzzle. This is an edited very restricted version There may be multiple answers but I could come up with only one. There are three persons in three ...
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Aye - Bye - Gye -?

I've got a new puzzle for everyone; as always I hope you enjoy, and best of luck! I'm not sure where the best place to start this story is, so I suppose I'll start with tomorrow. You see, ...
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A balloon and a vacuum

You have a metal water bottle entirely filled with a vacuum and you have a rubber party balloon (lets make it red). How can you use only the bottle to inflate the balloon with the air surrounding you. ...