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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A talk with Four Brothers

Once upon a time, on going to the small park nearby to take some fresh air, I met four quite peculiar brothers and had a talk with them. Each had a different story to tell. The first two brothers ...
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Stop the robot by changing value of variable Z

You're a computer security expert (i.e a hacker who doesn't break law). Your neighbour is infamous professor MacGoofy himself. He specializes in designing programming languages and programming ...
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With a little effort, one can prevail

What is common between the following words and names? (Inspired by this except that I actually know the answer to this one) Defeat Kleenex? Guanaco Nerdiest Sardar Ian McKellen Dingo Gun Diablo ...
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An X-Mensa dq question

Which of the numbers should fill in the ?. 4, 3, 4, 7, 0, 45, 7, 15, 64, 0, 1111, 55, 5, 5, 0, 20, 32, 1, ? a) 2 b) 0 c) 20 d) 1 Hints: 1.
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Ohh, NSA Again? #2

This puzzle is the second part of story Ohh, NSA again?. Hope like this story. Here it is: John got the target, it was Stack. Problem is, it can be Stack Overflow or Stack Exchange. Another problem ...
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He's a real mama's baby

Monday morning baby Alex awoke in his mother's loving embrace. His mother changed him, fed him, and snuggled him, which he of course loved. But when she went to get her coat and suitcase baby Alex ...
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People have many things to say about me

You could say I'm straight, or you could say I'm gay. You could say I'm a virgin, or you could say I've had sex. You could say I've always been the youngest of my family, or you could say I had a ...
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The Strange Conversation

One morning, I was riding along my bicycle around town and I stopped outside the shopping center as there were 2 old-persons, one man and one woman (let's call them A and B) standing outside and ...
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One more heart that never beats

It is from the Internet, I changed it a bit, I will put the link after it is answered. I have a heart that never beats, I have a home but I never sleep. I can take a mans house and build anothers, ...
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Can you find what I am?

Here's a simple affix-riddle . My prefix is the sound of an animal. My infix, the missing of the cast. My suffix, what children like to hear. My whole, deals with the past. Can you guess the ...
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A No - Sensa IQ Question?

“This is a Non-sensa IQ Test Question,” said Grandpa giggling. “It is not math but there may be some science behind it. If X is 527 and I is 810 Then, IX is? A: 2810 B: 75310 C: 110 D: A or B
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A function. Really?

If you give me a 5, I give you a 21. If you give me a 6, I give you a 2. If you give me a 7, I give you a 12. If you give me a 10, I give you a 101. What am I processing to get the result? Hint 1 ...
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Oh no, not again

I wanted to say something, but I forget what it was. Can you help me? 10 - [A-z] (-2) 255 - #beginningfirst00 15 - Period. 0 - You forgot one. You forgot one. Since every beginning has an end, let's ...
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A rather odd number sequence!

Can you find the next number in this baffling sequence? 925, 955, 1040, 1140, 1255, 225, 410, ?
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A perfect split of rope [closed]

What is the correct way to split a rope into two parts? A) Cut it using a blade or any sharp object. B) Pull on end of the rope until it breaks. *Note, only one of the ways mentioned above 'can' break ...
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It's been a while hasn't it?

Why can't I say hello? Anyways, it's Emma! I know it's been a while, but I've been busy with work, and life, and I haven't had much free time lately. With that in mind though, I've got a new puzzle! ...
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Who is a zombie amongst the 3 and why?

Here is a picture of $3$ people eating food. Can you spot who is a zombie amongst them? and why? Taken From :- 7-Second Riddles
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The unknown wheat-and-chessboard problem

You can read the original story of the Wheat and Chessboard problem on Wikipedia. (But you won't get anything useful from it :)) An eternity after the original ...
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It's your turn now!

What is the simple rule behind these three relations below? $F$ $\rightarrow$ $C$ :: $R$ $\rightarrow$ $I$ $\rightarrow$ $\sqrt{F}$ :: $IA$ $\rightarrow$ $D$
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What should the captive say? [duplicate]

You are lost in a jungle and suddenly get caught by a tribal group who are cannibals. They keep you captive and however think of offering you a second chance to save your life. Their leader says- &...
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Sudoku Logic From Another Planet

This is the brutally hard Tatooine Sunset Sudoku puzzle by Philip Newman ... except the Noble Happy Star has goofed! Two of the digits have been swapped and there are multiple solutions. Fortunately, ...
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Matchsticks: Fix the Equation

Here's a simple puzzle I just created: Move just one matchstick to fix the next equation:
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Fit the board into the hole

How can you divide the board into exactly $2$ equally-shaped and sized pieces such that it fits the hole? Bonus: Can you do the same problem in $3$ pieces, such that one of the pieces of the board ...
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A Creepy Birthday Party

A little girl was invited to her friend's birthday party. After blowing out the candles and eating the cake, the children went out to play in the garden. The little girl's mother stayed in the kitchen ...
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Matchstick Problem: Turn 1 into 12 by removing a matchstick [closed]

Below are some matchsticks arranged to display an expression. Your task is to remove one matchstick so that the resulting value of the expression will be twelve.
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Was someone there in the room, or it was just an illusion? [closed]

We were a very happy family of $3$ members, me and my mother and father. Sometimes my parents would go outside to visit my grandmother and I used to live alone freely, doing my work and reading ...
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My infix and suffix are given, but my prefix is not

My prefix is not known, Rather it has some meaning or some mark, But my suffix has magic powers, And my infix depends on smart remark. My whole is about choice, has a meaning or two. Can you guess ...
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What kind of car do I have?

What kind of car do I have? The clue words: stories, robbery, rock, minimum, old, ducks
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That's fine, most of my family doesn't want to acknowledge being related to me either

Today I share a 100% true story from my past. I use to meet my little brother to eat together with him regularly, but any time his friends or others that knew him would meet me the conversation always ...
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Is it too early to think about Christmas?

I received an odd present today in a shiny red wrap. I was a little surprised as it was no where near Christmas yet but excited at the same time. I tried to tear the present open but was unable to do ...
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What is a “ B & A” puzzle?

I think this type of puzzle format is a bit different from some you already have seen. I call them B & A puzzles. After you solve them you will likely know what that means. There are six seperate ...
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Found the key, but what to unlock?

Here's a series of text messages between me and my friend. Me: Couldn't use ebg13, so used ______ to hide my messages. Him: What? How is this possible??? Me: A big prime ______, what else did you ...
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The fix is in : Any guesses?

My prefix is in the infix My infix is in the suffix My suffix is in the prefix 3 and 3 totally six What's the word?
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NO. DIFFICULTY. PUZZLE

Up here is down on the ________ side. The article used in this sentence. What is this again? The verb used above The second answer is here too. Open my lock with a ___. Where is the key?
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Curved brick wall

Below is a fully functioning curved brick wall. Amazingly it uses fewer bricks than a functioning straight brick wall of comparable length. How is this possible?
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How to become a millionaire by selling coconuts? [closed]

A woman is buying many coconuts for 5\$ a dozen. Afterwards, she is selling the coconuts for 3\$ a dozen. After this transaction, the woman has become a millionaire! How could that happen? Hint: ...
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Sorry, I'm new. to this SE

spoil the unlukcy number for this text fbeel, V'z arj fb gvuf jvyy or fchre rm. 3 > 4 and 4 > 3 ^\w|[A-Z]|[^w](?=i) is the whole clue minus a letter. Find it ...
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Coin in a jar trick

A jar with a single key inside has its lid closed shut. How can you get the key out? The jar is glued to the table, and the lid is stuck as well. Your solution should be quick (a minute max).
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Some pocket challenges

A "pocket challenge" is a short puzzle where you don't need any complicated process nor writing material and, some times, not even a great knowledge. That's what I like to call them... Here ...
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A Simple Subtraction, Three Answers

Think laterally and you will get three answers to a simple question. The question is: What do you get if you minus Ten from Forty Nine? The answers are 39 41 59 How? Please explain. No partial ...
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Spiritual chemistry take two

When the three meet there’s a Ghost. When one departs and another gains weight God remains. What elementary abbreviations do I speak of? I am looking for an exact answer - no spare letters. A hint ...
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Spiritual chemistry spell

What three abbreviations can be used to spell Ghost and God? This is meant to be elementary but there is a twist.
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Matchstick rearrangement: Zero to Hero

Below is an expression that has a value of 0. How can you move only three matchsticks for the resulting value to be 49?
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Scoring a grid​

As a professor of Awesomeness at the prestigious Ad Hoc University (other questions in this series), I decided to assign my students this puzzle. Unfortunately, they were all unable to get it! I want ...
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Silent Chinese Whispers

There is an advanced course for experienced lip-readers who want to become intructors. If they qualify, they will teach lip-reading classes themselves. All the participants in this course-for-...
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Move just one match

Make a correct equation by just moving one matchstick! This is the source. Spoiler--source reveals answer.
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Anagram puzzles

5 independent problems in a "self-help arrangement" (which helps you figure out, what the task is, without presenting an example) not left + up = honest tear + boy = jail five + I = kiln ...
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Where is the pilot flying to?

Barry is a pilot for the mafia. Due to his unique cargo, his employers have to give him his destination in code. Everywhere he has flown, from Edmonton to Frankfurt to Atlanta has had an international ...
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Old Bob is ill : Said Grandpa

“Darn good computer, this new one I just got. So you can have my old one”, said Grandpa to my sister. I was impressed, but a bit cynical. “What’s the catch?” Grandpa smiled. “Just guess the 4 letter ...
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Burger Riddle, Can you solve it? [duplicate]

There once were 2 mothers and 2 daughters. One day they went to eat burgers. Each woman ate only one WHOLE burger. Yet only 3 burgers are eaten! Perplexed? Unravel this mind-boggling riddle!

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