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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How many fingers do the inhabitants of this planet have?

Actual Puzzle After crash-landing your spaceship on an uncharted planet, you run across the following drawing: $\begin{matrix} ⊙ & × & × & ⊓ & ⊓ & ⊙ & & \\ ⊙ & ∿ &...
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A big kid plays with other kids while everyone else is guessing about a kid. No I'm not kidding at all!

A little while ago my friends had an elaborate baby shower to celebrate my friend's first pregnancy. I admit that I'm a giant man-child who loves playing with kids more then pretending to be an adult ...
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SECRET PUZZLER EYES ONLY

Today is my 40th birthday and I will be celebrating by sharing a puzzle with you all. I recently stumbled upon an abstruse image, and apparently the words in main body of the image all have something ...
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There are Colorados everywhere!

Deciding to go to Arizona, you go to the north part of it. But once as you arrive, you see a Colorado! We know that Colorado borders Arizona but you are far from Colorado! Being confused, you are ...
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Juan and Pedro agreed to race [closed]

Juan and Pedro agreed to race against each other. After arriving at the exact same moment at the finish line, Juan declared that he won. Pedro, as well as all their friends who watched, agreed. How ...
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Weird Math: Said Grandpa

"You think my math can sometimes be crazy? Just look at this equation I received from my cousin! Very Weird", said Grandpa. "We are going to need some creative thinking to prove this ...
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Winter Rebus? (W in box)

The answer is a phrase. (1 9 6 2 1 4 5) … (10 1 7) Please provide an explanation justifying your answer. No computer needed. Text Version of the image: Across the top of the image is a single word: “...
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A puzzle in tribute to J. J. Sylvester

About the right time of the year I say, since Sylvester's Day is nigh. AFAIK the puzzle is original; comments welcome if you know any better. (Edited) Sylvester's theorem, also Sylvester-Gallai ...
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Cracking the Cryptic Logo

The well-known Cracking The Cryptic YouTube channel has a logo consisting of 12 circles joined by 16 straight lines running horizontally, vertically or diagonally. What is the significance of this ...
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3 snails on a triangle. When will they all approach one another?

There are 3 snails at the vertices of an equilateral triangle of side length L. Snail 1 crawls towards snail 2, snail 2 towards 3, and 3 towards 1. All snails crawl at the constant speed V. If they ...
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The muddy water leaked into the campus

Sometimes, for whatever reason, you need to make a change. Maybe something inside of you changed, and you want the outside to reflect it. Maybe you want to change something from the outside in. Maybe ...
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Aliens have landed!

Aliens from planet Stirwet have landed on earth! Being hyper-intelligent and possessing superior technology, they immediately took over. After having a quick look around, they found humans and apes (...
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A cinematic masterpiece in matchsticks

Polanski's magnificent Chinatown (my all-time fourth favourite film) was produced among numerous other movies by Robert Evans, the second anniversary of whose death is today1. What better excuse for a ...
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Terminator? Nah

Resonate me to leave me whole. Tamper with me to leave me good. Gather me to leave me alone. Trim me to leave me empty. What would happen if you retrieve me? Subtle Hint: Moderate Hint: Decisive ...
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His ring and her digits

A young lady named Thea decided to change the traditional codes and asked her boyfriend to marry her at the Eiffel Tower. As he loves puzzles, she said while showing him this text, "rightly ...
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What language am I learning?

I arrive at the location I've agreed with my European friend, who is teaching me their native language. Today we're learning some history of their country. But to aid in my learning, I've been banned ...
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A poorly approximated crossword

Today's crossword topic is flowers: Across Daffodils, erica, dogbane, ursi, candytuft and tithonia. Daphne, eustoma, dianthus, orchid, ixia and dietes. Down Alstroemeria, dianella and day. ...
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How does 100 1000 become 200?

Turn these characters into 200: 100 1000 Using only one bit of information.
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A Loooooong Sequence of Calculations

$53466+25123+16334+86556+5856\cdot 32454+8565+2235+7067-2345\cdot 1086+|23457|+4754\cdot 89510+9523-3458-9234+84233-|947\cdot 137\cdot 98\cdot 142-407119|\cdot (-1024)\cdot 5^{10}+645\cdot 9814\cdot ...
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It sounds all good until

If 4 + 4 = 8 10 - 5 = 5 5 x 1 = 5 8 - 1 = 7 2 + 4 = 7 Then, 8 / 1 = ? Is it 6 or 7 ?
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Twisted Timekeeping [closed]

Two office workers need to arrive at work at the exact same time. However that's not likely to happen because the only thing they use for telling the time is their watches and their timekeeping is a ...
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A box of mutating birds

What is evolution but the result of countless mutations to genetic structures over time. Some mutations provide benefits such as the gift of flight, while others can be harmful, such as the burden of ...
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They say that I am sexy - who am I?

Who am I? They say that I am sexy And that I'm a lady I have four syllables Only when said slowly Hint #1 Hint #2 Hint #3 Hint #4
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Arrange the wooden blocks in the box

Little Johnny is the naughtiest child in the kindergarden today. The kind who always wants more than the other children. When he saw that little Tim was playing with the same set of wooden blocks as ...
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Hero Worms and The Minotaur

And so, Wormeus had a great time, eating every apple in sight, surviving several close calls with the Pink Lady Stickotaurs, respawning after the occasional horribly squishy death, exploring different ...
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Three riddles of a common (and repetitive) format

What do you call it when a historically discredited means of contraceptive is vindicated by new research? I was just looking over my son's book report on speed reading strategies; what are you doing ...
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You should mind your P's first

This should be short and sweet. Given his strength, he must be the almighty. Given his health, he must use ointments. Given his status, should we board his ark? Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint 3: Hint 4: ...
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A splash of Minecraft?

I was playing Minecraft the other day and came across a beautiful splash message. Subsequently, I was inspired to create a puzzle for it. Svir, look out below! Shorty's slang stays surprisingly stout....
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Political Bantering Puzzle

Simply Puns Or Cryptic Clues In BOLD: Sitting atop a tall chair in the garden, one English Politician P was having his Evening Beverage, His American Neighbour N was asking "Our Admiral can ...
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Four equations for the same number?

Using creative thinking can you show 9 = 4 9 = 8 9 = 14 9 = 24 All four equations follow the same logic/method. While you are at it can you also show (same logic) 55 = 4 Hint:
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You see what I am a part of every day, yet you never see me! What am I?

You see what I am a part of every day, yet you never see me! What am I? Some clues? A5: The big, flying GG around me. B3: Red, yellow, green or blue will all work. B4: Hit my head too hard :( (It's my ...
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A Standard English Daily Routine

At 10:30, I shear some fleece. At 13:30, I grow a foot. At 16:00, I strut. At 16:30, I look at my palm. At 19:30, I set a trap. What am I? My first riddle involving lateral thinking, enjoy! Subtle ...
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Case of Punctured Tyre

A man drove his Innova car all the way from Shimla to Delhi only to discover at the end of the trip that he had a punctured tyre from the very start. Yet his Innova car was not at all affected by it. ...
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Generalization of the two-surgeons-two-patients-and-two-gloves puzzle

This is the original puzzle with $n=2$. I recommend solving it before this one to get acquainted with the mechanisms. There are $n$ patients in an hospital (let's call them $p_1 \dots p_n$), each of ...
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A rhyming riddle: "Line them up in order..."

Line them up in order, And into teams as well. Each of them’s a character, Under someone’s spell. Some have foreign accents And put on different things: A cute hat, something grave, Tails and dots and ...
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Grandpa's Crazy Math. Yes? No?

"This is really straightforward if you are from the other side of the pond", said Grandpa. "Put your lateral thinking hat on and prove this to me: Yes x No = VIIX Being from US, this ...
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How to Balance?

You are given a scale which has 4kg and 2kg stones on the left side and an 8kg stone on the right side of the scale. You have an additional 1kg. How will you balance the scale?
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Variation of 100 coins puzzle (no flipping) [closed]

You have 100 coins laying flat on a table, each with a head side and a tail side. 10 of them are heads up, 90 are tails up. You can't feel, see or in any other way find out which side is up. You ...
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Who has betrayed me?

Imagine my horror to discover that I'd been betrayed. I knew it was one among five of my most trusted inner circle, so I sent them this message: Dear Anna, Bess, Chrissy, Diana, and Eva, I know one ...
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How did the king pay the worker? [duplicate]

A humorous king pays his worker with one inch gold bar everyday. He had a $31$ inches gold bar and he paid the worker $31$ days of a month cutting it in just $4$ places. How is this possible? Taken ...
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What is the minimum number of helpers that an explorer need to cross the desert?

There is a desert which can be crossed only by walking and this takes six days. The explorers of the desert can carry at most four days' water and food. If they want, they can take helpers with them. ...
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Scientific Discovery Rebus Puzzle

What scientific discovery is represented by the following image? NOTE: Some tags have been deliberately omitted since I don't wanna reveal too much 😊
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A variant of the doctor's dilemma

This puzzle is a variant of the Doctor's Dilemma. There are two patients in a hospital (let's call them A and B), both of them need an operation by two different doctors (let's call them X and Y) ...
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Make 93 using 2, 0, 2, 2 and a least powerful set of operations [closed]

Use some mathematical operations to make an expression equal 93. You must use each one of the digits 2, 0, 2, 2 exactly once, and no other digits. To score the solutions, your set of operations used ...
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Connect The Wall-Words:-

Edit:- We have a group of words here:- (Go check Hint 1) ACIDITY TIME MICROSCOPE MARKS LIGHT SCALE CHEMISTRY CLAW REAL LEAD INTEREST BIOLOGY DUCK RADICAL ACADEMY LEAF Goal:- Group these $16$ ...
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The Dispute at the Milky Way Restaurant

Fifteen related guests visited a restaurant and got into an argument about who was the greatest among them. To settle the dispute, they asked the owner to decide. He thought for a moment, then said “...
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What's the encrypted code?

What is the code in: ...
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"Physical" height of an infinitely distant joint point

When driving along long straight roads, this is what you would typically see: Photo by Luke Stackpoole on Unsplash As you're probably aware, the solid lines on the sides of the road are parallel, in ...
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Totally not spam; don't delete me

Thanks for registering for our super-not-spam mailing list! We'll let you unsubscribe if you can find a super-special password! Here are the criteria for the password: Matches the following regex ...
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Odd numbers to Even numbers

Remember the old puzzle? "Can you take just one letter out of an odd number and make it even?" Note the clever wording. It just says make it even; not "make it an even number"... ...

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