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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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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What is the word the sentence refers to? [on hold]

100 slavs work at Sam`s LEGO farm to provide you with a great panorama. Hint: It is allowed to use reference works.
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Give the name of this “outlaw”

Find the name of this well known "outlaw" who/what can be characterized as a: stunning fresh shiny bandit Okay. Hint:
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Find the missing link from the following verbal series

Three links are missing from the following series, one of them is a word. The answer is the word. bass gland guitar venom HINT:
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Find the common association [on hold]

What is common in the following words? WELCOME (note: at first I believed this was going to be a good puzzle, but it turns out that it might be not that good, because it has been put on hold. ...
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What is the common verbal association?

| — 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. ...
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So, what's to do?

It's White to move and draw the game. What must White do? You must provide proof for your claim of what's to be done by any reasonable means. This puzzle was created by Nikita M. Plaksin, and ...
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'The Imperial triangles' trigonometry question

There is a very well-known family of right triangles in Mathematics called "The Imperial triangles". Let me explain you how they are defined: We say $T_n$ is the $n$-th Imperial triangle if these two ...
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TechSupport Issue ID#812

User ID: 3Aq47h-20dpc8l Language: English (UK) Today I noticed a strange text file on my Windows 10 PC's Desktop called "README.txt". Curious, I opened it and it read START → 2↑ → P 3→ ↑ P 4→ P →...
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Knights and Knaves on a (Not So) Deserted Island

One day, while flying your single-engine seaplane out over the Pacific, the electrical system shorts out, all of your electrical systems (including the radio) fail, and the engine dies. You are in a ...
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They are all tied together

There are four different things shown below One Vertical One Horizontal Two diagonal All have one common thing (the ? box) which ties them together What is it?
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A Non Math Puzzle. What is the middle number?

There are three patterns below. Two diagonal and one vertical. The middle number is common to them all What is it? It is not mathematical per se. NO partial ...
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A story puzzle for you

My brother loves numbers. He likes to pick a number, reflect, and enjoy its presence. He picked a number and asked me to guess it. I guessed random numbers for twenty minutes. I never got it ...
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Grandpa's Crazy Math II: Another Grandpa Mystery

Grandpa says: "This is really a stretch but Prove to me S = 0.5 or 1/2 Grandpa and his very lateral thinking!
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the camel and the eye of the needle [closed]

A farmer told me, without lying: "you see this camel over there" showing me a camel eating, "it passed whole through the eye of a normal needle" How is it possible, knowing that I too do not lie ...
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What is the corner house number?

The Singh family lives in a housing development full of Scientists and engineers (god forbid!). The Home Owners have come up with weird ways of numbering their houses. K Street is all engineers ...
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No Shirt, No Shoes, Service [closed]

I was walking outside on a hot summer day, when I suddenly got hungry and walked to a restaurant to eat. I tried to go in, but I was rebuffed at the door. The server pointed to a sign outside that ...
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Rubio, please help Clark!

Clark who is consecutive in nature, lives in California near the 100th street. Today he decided to take his palindromic boat and visit France. He booked a room which has a number of thrice a prime. ...
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Two untrusted traders [closed]

I'm sure this has been asked before, but I tried searching and couldn't find it. I don't know the solution, and it is possible there isn't one. There is unsavoury pirate and an unscrupulous merchant....
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Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the richest of them all? (I make billions #7)

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the richest of them all? (I make billions #7) Clue group 1: This spa provides a great relaxation rub. Earbuds are included too. I compared virtual machines, and ...
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Who doesn’t belong in the group? [closed]

Identify the ones that are oddballs B C Ba W H Fe Si Br Rn I N O P
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Four ships at the ocean with the same distance

Four ships are located at the ocean, such that the distance between all four ships is the same. How are the ships positioned?
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Holy Alphabet Arithmetic

$Given$: $A$+$B$+$C$=3 $B$+$C$+$D$=3 $C$+$D$+$E$=1 $D$+$E$+$F$=1 What is $E$+$F$+$G$=?
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I make billions (#5)

I make bullions balloons billions (#5) Main clues: These statues are wonderful! I'm going to invest in the sculptor. Move faster! I need to finish the 18th hole and return this golf ...
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Strange? Primes and Palindromes have no business being in this Place?

$1$ $1$,$2$ Good easy start $1$,$2$,$4$ As expected $1$,$2$,$4$,$8$ I know it is going to be easy $1$,$2$,$4$,$8$,$16$ why is he giving this? I got it! $1$,$2$,$4$,$8$,$16$,Prime ...oops!.....
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I make billions (#4)

I make billions (#4) For years did a sharp little verse, Grow fast in our ears like a curse, A tune on TV, Did subconsciously, Cause all to spend much from their purse, Who / what am ...
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What causes these signs to follow this relation?

Can you find why does the below relation hold true? Hint 1 Hint 2
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Deduce the Missing Terms in the Sequence

$NINE$ + $5$ $EIGHT$ + $3$ $SEVEN$ + $2$ $???$ + $?$ $FIVE$ + $1$ $????$ + $?$ $?????$ -$?$ $???$ - $?$
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Welcome to my kitchen

Today I mixed some food products and saw interesting outcomes. Silverbeet + Gelatin $\equiv$ Snickers Lime + Nacho $\equiv$ Kiwi Sesame + Tea $\equiv$ Popcorn Can you find how these ...
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The Starks, Parks, Clarks and their kids

Inspired by Martin Gardner's puzzle from his book John,a new student at the Math Department of the College, was invited to a get-together at one of the Professor's house. Professor Stark welcomed ...
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Professor Roman gives unusual math quiz ahead of

His usual Monday Morning 8am class. This is for extra AAA credits. $A$, $B$, $C$ are distinct digits. $AA$, $BA$, $BBAAA$, $CBBBAB$ are distinct numbers. Please deduce these with concise reasoning ...