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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you Guys Need To Find the password [closed]

dash the odds cause evens are unlucky / dash them all to uncover the Vail
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How to get a bowl with one liter of water

You are given a rectangular bowl with size 5 x 30 x 40 cm and you should put exactly one liter of water into the bowl. You go to your kitchen, where you can put the water directly into the bowl from ...
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What is the verbal association to the following picture?

My first puzzle of this type. In the following visual design the hidden clues will lead you to the final verbal association. It is only one word. Hint 1 Hint 2 Hint 3 Hint 4 Hint 5 Hint 6 Hint ...
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Sorting marbles based on weightings

You have 50 marbles which look all the same. However, 25 marbles have weight l and the other 25 marbles weight h with l < h. A person creates two piles and claims he has sorted all 50 marbles by ...
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From 2D shapes to one word [closed]

There is a single word association to the image.
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Frequent or rare? [closed]

Which common thing do these words have uncommonly in common? mole kiss breath Mates! Please note, if you haven't found the answer yet - it helps you find your way back to the real world.
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What kind of help does he need? [closed]

Old newspaper ad: "Handler of purple cows needed on farm. Leave a message on lj36@dropmail.me or call (31)725-618171421" What does he need help with? Hint 1 Hint 2 Hint 3 Hint 4 Hint 5 Hint 6 ...
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Unusual series of events [closed]

If you are alert, you might clearly see an object in your imagination when you read the sentence: "It lasted only from CTScan to Face Palm." What is the object?
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An original non-recursive sequence

16, ?, 19, ?, ?, 15, 16, 9, ?, ?, 14, ?, ?, ?, ?, 1 According to my measure, this sequence is more original than that of Fibonacci. Replace the question marks with the missing numbers.
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What's the girl's name? [closed]

Here is what happened: He sailed along 25 reefs, passing 1 chameleon, in order to see her sweet bosoms. What's her name? Hint: Hint 2: Hint 3:
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Zed's E-mail: My Good Ol' Uncle Sugar

My friend Gabby and I constantly look out for each other. Just the other day, she received a strange message from what I thought was an uncle of hers. "Problem is," she started with a worried look, "I ...
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What is the missing sequence in this pattern?

I have here a simple binary-like pattern, consisting of crosses (X) and circles (O). ...
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What place is this?

The following text is a clue and will lead to a place on earth. The answer will be one word containing eight characters. Can Heaven flush its Gates as innocent Kisses, then must we all take Heed, ...
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Downfall - The Riddle

If forgotten, I will be back in September. If you think I am feminine, I will show you a stop sign. If you are afraid of heights, I will throw you in the sea at twilights. If any mis event ...
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A letter sequence with curious repetitions

There was a time when I created some letter series puzzles. This one is an old one. Replace the question marks. P, Ca, ?, ?, O, Ca, P, Ca, ?, ?, ?, Ca Hints(1-3): I will reveal three question marks....
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The Angry Astrologist [closed]

The angry astrologist has locked you up in a series of a room. With your superior thinking abilities, you escape them one by one, until you reach the final room. There’s a locked door with an ...
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Weren't we supposed to know more of the story by now…?

This happened almost exactly a decade ago, so excuse me if I get some of the details wrong. I overheard a couple of people talking about somebody I assumed was a mutual acquaintance who had died very ...
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Name That Song!

A homeless man and a rich billionaire are discussing music. The rich person exclaims suddenly "OK, if you can name a song that includes my daughter's name, I will give you one million dollars. Her ...
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Lost Time at Motel?

Jack is a truck driver from Springfield, Illinois. On one of his trips to Louisville, Kentucky, something bizarre happened. He left Springfield at 8:00 PM and arrived at Louisville 4 hours later. Then ...
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A shocking event

When I'm all over the place - give me a yelling When I need hair washing - give me a frightening When I need a clutch - give me soft singing When I need an aromatic - give me a whole county When I ...
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What world is this where 6 + 6 = 10?

Upon traveling the world, I found myself in a peculiar place which was called Gauss. The locals there were a peculiar people, as I soon found out. I stopped to grab a bite to eat and learn about the ...
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No spoiler alert - What am I?

Here're some of my properties: ...
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Zed's Phone: Failure to Communicate

My friend Beto and I constantly buy things for one another. One day, he gave me a strange-looking phone and said it was my birthday gift (My birthday wouldn't be until 3 more months). He said he ...
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A strange message from space?

I was listening to AM radio (frequency 1480) the other day and an odd message came through in what seemed like an infinite loop. Drop 5. Echo 0. Negate 0. Split 4. Enter 1. A ...
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An interesting mathematical question

If a gas station is 1 mile away from my house and the average person walks 5mph. Its a sunny day and no wind. Why does it take my dad 15 years to come back from the gas station?
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How did everyone fit in the Car? [closed]

John and his wife own a car that fits a maximum of 5 people. He drives Molly to work every day. On his way, he drops his three kids off at school, and his mom at the mall. How did everyone fit in ...
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29 - 1 = 30 – how?

How is $29 - 1 = 30$? If also $14 - 1 = 15$ $11 - 1 = 10$ $9 - 1 =10$. Hint:
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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. No looking up the solution please! Nikita M. Plaksinm ...
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Body Language, Perhaps?

You should be able to tell what I'm saying by looking at what I'm doing with my hands and combining the expressions on my face. Just be careful to mind your p's and q's (and your i's and j's). ...
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Replace the question marks with one single word

This one needs a lot of lateral thinking In the equation below replace all the question marks with one single word (same word at every question mark). Then show that the equation is correct.
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Same word on both sides makes it right

Insert same one word on both sides (in place of the ?) of the following to make it correct. (No inserting any math operators or not equal to, > or < signs) ? (? V(LXVII)) = ? XIII Explain why. ...
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Odd-looking circle

A man is told to make a circle He makes this: Where is the man?
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A loyal traitor

Two countries are at war, Albekistan and Uzbania. The leader of the Albekistanian army asks, "Who ___ me?". The Uzbanian army's leader replies, "I ___ you!" She is promptly shot by her own army for ...
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Photographic Companions

What do we all need to breathe which connects the concepts of "photographic equipment" and "companion", based on the etymology of their synonyms?
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A Meeting on the Beach

When I lived in Brevard County, FL, I was less than a half hour's drive away from the ocean. I arranged with someone I had talked to online to meet at the beach. I knew that she either went to my ...
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A shoe in the safe

A woman travels often, and when she does, she stays in hotels. Every night, before going to bed in a hotel, she takes off her shoes and puts one of the shoes into the hotel safe. Why?
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What is the common verbal association? [closed]

|| — S S S Your answer should be one word to this problem.
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Why did the lady die?

There was an IQ test created by Random Person. A contestant attempts to answer all the questions but fails the last one. Here goes the conversation: Random Person: You have 500 bricks in the plane. ...
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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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Nobody can solve this puzzle [closed]

Yes, literally, nobody can solve this puzzle. While every answer might get upvotes, nobody's answer will be accepted. Nobody gets the green check. In this sense, the puzzle is fair to everyone. ...
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The Weird cipher password?

During your search to the ' great hidden computer virus ' , you realized that you are just a password from accessing it. Frantically , you searched for a clue that might help you . At last you ...
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The shortest , largest number [closed]

"Write a number", said Grandpa "Which is the shortest number, that is also the largest" "Shortest?" I asked "Yup. You can write it with six straight lines, period" "So you want me ...
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Give the name of this “outlaw” [closed]

Who/what am I? I am a stunning fresh shiny bandit HINT: HINT2: HINT3: HINT4:
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Solve the last equation

My brother showed me the following puzzle from some type of (IQ?) quiz game on his phone: 1 + 2 = 21 2 + 3 = 36 3 + 4 = 43 4 + 5 = ?? I am quite sure this was the original question asked. ...
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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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Crazy for revenge

@Brandon_J recently asked us in Can't Even Sit Down to identify a movie based on the words tart con arc host I've also been to see a fun movie from a few years ago, just a short one buck ...
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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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Prison Riddle: How do they escape? [closed]

Two prisoners are locked in a dirt floor cell with nothing but a mattress, a frame, and a stolen spoon. There is a small, bar less window high on the wall, but they can not get to it. First, they try ...
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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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The Death Of An Angel

Lovely she was, oh the things I wanted to do to her... Going to that nice restaurant, eating everything I could and even more. Giving her that ring was hard, I desired to keep it for ...