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 does 100 1000 becomes 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 write ...
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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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Knights of the Square Table

I am of the order of the valiant Knights of the Square Table, an elite fraternity—far more so than those so-called Knights of the Round Table. There are so many of them, but only two of us! I serve my ...
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Strange addition

Professor Devonshire was losing his marbles, Dr. Wallaby thought, staring at the equations filling the board in Dr. Devonshire’s office. What kind of addition was this? 1+1 = 6 2+1 = 6 1+6 = 6 2+6 = 6 ...
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Larry and Laura Literal

Larry Literal loved Laura Literal, his lovely long-suffering wife. They'd lived together as husband and wife 50 long years. Longing to live near long-lost loved ones, they'd recently re-located to a ...
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Don't Pair Program a Puzzle

My friend William and I wanted to make a word search (number search?) of five digit numbers in a 5x5 grid, filling all spaces to form 12 clues. To simplify things, we decided we would add a single ...
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Blindly choosing a ball from a bag [closed]

You are blindfolded. You are handed a bag and told that there are three balls and two cubes, all of which are the same size and are equally likely to be chosen. You blindly choose one of the items ...
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Who is the only pre-teen that has traveled to outer space?

Who is the only pre-teen that has traveled to outer space? Sort of a trick question. But also not quite a trick question. This is a person, not a dog or chimpanzee or other animal.
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Does this equation make sense?

"The two sides of this equation appear to be different, don't they?" asked Grandpa I looked at the numbers he had written on a piece of paper and nodded in agreement. 2011 = 1012 "Can ...
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Bizarre number sequence

My friend sent me this tricky puzzle... Please explain the reason for the mistake in the number sequence - what is it trying to communicate? 8139, 8140, 8141, 5493, 8143, 8144 Hints: 1.
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Fun with Letters, Words and Sentences? [closed]

I have a game, but first, I need to explain how it works. Take a sentence, completely meaningful. Suppose the sentence is, "Yes, yesterday we ate the meal sometime at night". In this ...
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A fun lateral-thinking Chess puzzle [closed]

Which famous movie is suggested by the following chess position (by Trevor Tao)?
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Ma turned 34 in 2002. Really?

My friend said to me: “In February of the year 1970 at 1:12 AM Ma turned 18. Ma turned 34 in February of the year 2002 at 2:16 AM. How is this possible?” “And yes. Same Ma!” he ended with that. Hint ...
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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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