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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Four-cornered cow inheritance

While travelling down a road in a socialist country you meet a group of four young men and women sitting in the front porch of their house, with a lively cattle ranch adjoining. "Our father died, ...
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Compare and you'll see they're not all the same (Keep them LARGE)

Find the odd-one-out... ...
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Simple number sequence puzzle

Complete the sequence: 8, 6, 7, 3, 6, 5, 4, 5, 5, 2, ?
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Mr. Martin And The Mismanaged Airport Terminal

There is a small international airport in Greece. It has just 6 gates, lined up from 1 to 6 going away from the front desk. Tickets here only have the last names of passengers and gate numbers clearly ...
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Another Little Number riddle!

Please try your best to solve the puzzle below GOOD LUCK!! ...
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A little number riddle

Try your best to solve the puzzle below GOOD LUCK!!! Explain why 1=0 2=0 3=0 4=0 10=0 And 7=1 8=1 9=1 But 5=2 6=2 11=2 12=2
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Is this another affix-riddle to Really Bore You?

My ‘prefix’ is a ‘prime’ My ‘infix’ is a combination of ‘primes’ My ‘suffix’ is found between ‘primes’ My whole is often found at the origin of a very long sequence! What am I? Small hint: Moderate ...
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The Question of the Seven Barbies

This question reminded me of this brainteaser I first saw, in an extended format, in a mystery manga from my younger days. I bought my young niece a seven-pack of Barbies for Christmas. (Okay, they ...
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Missing A Figure

Out of all the elements of a specific set, a subset of 7 elements have a special property. Your job is to replace the question mark so that the list below becomes complete.
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Time Rules - a fraud case

Agent J of Time Rules, a sub-division of the Bureau of Inter-temporal Fraud Force (BIFF) shook his head. Since 2041, when quantum computers had inadvertently created entanglement through time, rogue ...
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Double Scramble 2: End of Year Scramble?

Following on from the Scary Sequence is another overly done scrambling. We have a sequence that is doubly scrambled (both the order and the terms themselves). Can you reverse out the sequence and re-...
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A very presentable number sequence

(The title holds a clue) 12,22,30,36,40,42,42,40… Here is a finite sequence. Can you tell me the sum of all of its numbers?
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Became out of reign

I created this puzzle today: THEPE:MON:NOTEA (US) …. … ..h The puzzle above wants you to fill in the blanks Edit: I just made it maybe a little easier to work out Hint: Big Hint: Hint
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Once upon a tile in Hollywood

Bon Venndredi, the three overlapping ellipses create seven disjoint regions. Each ellipse represents an as yet unknown category. Your job is to place the tiles in the regions and deduce the ...
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Can One Solve This Scary Sequence?

The following terms appear in a sequence. Unfortunately, they are scrambled (both the original terms and their order). Theory, Policeman?, Contest, Clarice, Bad Act, One in Rome, Fashionable, Confess,...
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Move one matchstick to create a three-letter word

On a table, you have several matchsticks as arranged below. Your objective is to move a single matchstick to create a three-letter word. Which matchstick do you move, and how do you move it?
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How to sell at the buying price and still have something in hand? [closed]

A farmer walked into the cattle market and found the price is fixed at "5 for 2 coins", either buy or sell. He thought a little and then bought cattle of 250 cows for 100 coins (250/5 * 2). ...
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A number sequence in disguise

What number should replace the question mark? Explain why. ...
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Pantomime Ladies

Cinderella was returning home from taking Bruno on a Christmas Day walk. She passed by her lounge window on the way to her front door and decided to spy on what her ugly sisters were doing inside. ...
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Take BOSS to a SHOW, but quickly

Start with the word BOSS Change one letter to get another word. Change another letter and you will get the SHOW (the word SHOW that is)! Can you do it that quickly? No rearranging letters.
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Equality-breaking function

There's a function that satisfies the following: $f(2) = 1, f(2^2) = 2, f(-3^3) = 3$ $f^n(x) = 3(n-1) + f(x)$ Where $f^n$ means $f$ composed with itself $n$ times. Lastly, $f$ is not equality ...
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When I said I used sugar in coffee, I was asked, "For tea, too?"

My road is filled with answers, and my body has the hints, but it is in my head where the question sits. My shoes are brand new, hence their tags. Can you end my walk down this road with an answer-...
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Turn 1111 into zero [closed]

Draw exactly two non-touching straight lines to turn 1111 (as shown below) into zero. Note: A minus sign is one line
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A question from Bob to Bob

Set-up: John and Bob are playing a game that goes like this: Bob is alone in a completely opaque, featureless room. Bob chooses a question, though some types of questions are off-limits, which will ...
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Am odd expression?

As any mathematician will tell you there are many expressions involving X. X can mark the spot. XX is male. XXX is naughty. XXXX is naughtier still. But how can XXXXX be M?
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Someone is going to get fired for this!

A fire has erupted in at a house. When the fire department arrives three people, Riley, Billy, and Bob, are all trapped inside the house. Riley is conscious and able to call out of a window for help,...
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Move a coin without touching it

There are three coins lying flat on a table, arranged in a straight line with their edges touching. Call the coins A, B, and C (B is in the middle). Here are the rules: You can touch and move only ...
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A symmetrical number sequence

What 5-letter word does this sequence represent? ...
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Two penguins canoeing through the desert

Here's a simple riddle I remembered from a long time ago: On a trip to the Sahara desert, you spot two penguins canoeing through the sand. You hear the first penguin ask, "Where's your paddle?&...
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Two out of three

What is hidden below? The answer speaks for itself. ndetarotraorinenceameyatudowwladuouniteaseiphyorouoo back, time, drink, drink, time, sprint, ...
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To be reminded of the old days

I recently was in a hotel in a small community somewhere near a capital of a certain country (I don't want to say exactly where, I'll let you figure that out on your own) which I was very fond of (had ...
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The King's Assassination [closed]

Somewhere far, far away, in the Kingdom of Puzzling, disaster has struck: the king's been assassinated! Here's the crime scene report: The king was discovered dead in his royal bathroom with a single ...
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Putting stones into bags

Given 2 bags and 5 stones, how would you place the stones into the bags so that the following three conditions are met: Both bags contain an odd number of stones. Every stone is inside a bag. The bags ...
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What was her sentence suggestion?

I'm a judge, and I'm currently judging a littering case. I was going to go with the usual sentence of a public hanging, but when I texted my friend she gave me a much better idea The problem is that I'...
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A fantastic puzzle

Explain why the string of letters below is equal to -1 somehow. ...
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Sums in a (very small) box

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #14: Think inside the (very small) box!. Place the digits 1 to 9 in the box below in such a way that in each row, each column and each diagonal, one ...
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Connect dots on a grid with one continuous line

Rules: Line must be straight. Line must be continuous. Line must not intersect itself. Line is allowed to take 45 degree turns to itself, for example: The dots:
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Zodiac Signs at the Table

"And we find ourselves at another one of Ophiuchus' little themed puzzle dinners," you say while glancing at the other seven people. "I really like its puzzle dinners, honestly," ...
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"Missing letters (?)", a Nazo-like

This was an attempt at making a Nazo-type puzzle. Nazo puzzles are lateral thinking puzzles, centered around a single neat observation/realisation, as a way to let you find that interesting ...
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Adventures of the riddle (solve the riddle)

In sports and games, I'm in the play, Bouncing and spinning, throughout the day. From basketball to tennis, I'm found, A familiar sight, rolling around. In nature's realm, I bring delight, A fruit so ...
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What food am I making?

I was planning to make two portions, but didn't have enough potable water. Then I decided to make four portions, and the water was plentiful. What food was I making? Hint 1: Hint 2:
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Connecting Wall with a New Gimmick

This is a connecting wall puzzle containing a gimmick that I am not aware of in PSE (or indeed anywhere else). If I learn otherwise then I would still be happy to claim “I did it better” 😊 Divide ...
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Happy Venndredi! A Nicer Team Diet?

Bonjour The overlapping ellipses form seven curved regions. Your task is to place the seven tiles so that there is exactly one tile in each region and the four tiles in any ellipse can be re-arranged ...
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A puzzling message from the developers of this site

The developers of this site sent me an enigmatic message: Dear Stackexchange users, We know that you love exploring and finding great puzzles on Stackexchange! We made something for you all, but you ...
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A picture of a line

Four Harvard students Bates, Denise, Dennis and Sacha had someone take a picture of them with all of them holding a specific drink in their hands. All four of them were also wearing the same type of ...
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State of the Union?

Good evening all! Further advenntures in wordplay. Same rules as ever - the three overlapping ellipses form seven curved regions. Place one tile in each region, so that the tiles in any ellipse can be ...
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You will meet someone, and he will throw your father in a deep fryer

You are going to meet someone special. You'll love him, I swear. But there are some things you need to know about him first. If he says you're going to be liberated, bring a jacket. He always has a ...
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Enclosed yet another sequence

There are so many sequences here already, I cannot guarantee that this is new. At least, I haven't found anything like this yet. But I can assure you that you will not find the sequence on OEIS. $$ 0, ...
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What's the answer?

(Created Myself!) Layer 1: (Solve for number, addition, 2 digits, E12 series) At the trains station, there are brown stairs, green moss growing all around, and black railings. Further on, a sea of ...
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How did she do that?

The King wants to test his 2 very smart advisors Sadin and Lena. In the courtyard he sets up 4 closed wooden boxes on a table. All are the exact same size. In front of each box there is a name plate. ...
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