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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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Sally's older brother

Sally smiles at her older brother and says, "Happy 30th birthday!" He shakes his head and replies, "I'm not 30 yet, but you are!" How is this possible?
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Temple Password

You and your friends Brutus and April are exploring an ancient temple when you encounter a locked door with a stone keypad next to it numbering 0, 1, 2 and 3. Out of curiosity you decide to type in ...
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What's In The Box?

Welcome to Archie's Fun House! I would like to begin by thanking you for paying us a visit today. This is a craaaaaazy place indeed! Today though, we have something rather special waiting for you. It'...
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The Third Room of Numbers Dungeon

After being enslaved by the evil Lord Numbers, you have been forced to navigate his treacherous puzzle rooms. After easily defeating the first and second puzzle rooms, you stumble into the third room, ...
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Change Picture I to Picture II

Picture 1 Picture 2 Can you alter just 5 characters to make Picture 1 exactly as Picture 2?
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Sabotage at Sea - Cursed Cruise liner?

(Warning: Heavy reading incoming. I suggest writing stuff down...) It's now the year 2150, and you're one of the few people who didn't leave earth twenty years ago. Why? A deadly disease overtook the ...
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What's his horse name?

You're an adventurer looking for treasures. During one of your journeys, you encounter a knight riding a horse who agrees to tell you informations about a huge treasure he has heard of. Only if you'...
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“Thinking of ” question for Comics readers [closed]

I am thinking of one of the following three comics characters Hellboy Captain Marvel Spiderman You can ask me one question starting with "Does the character you are ...
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Why would five hundred and five be same as one?

Grandpa was in his crazy math mood again. "using rot13 and your math knowledge prove to me that 505 = 1" He said. Really? Can you? HINT
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The P̷̱̚ ȁ̶͈ r̵͝ͅ å̷̡ d̷̹̑ o̸̙̓ x̵̀ͅ i̵͜͠ u̵̼̓ m̷̬̏ // Lock I

You walk into the cave. Strangely enough, you don't know why you walked into the cave. . . Wait second, What is "the cave" anyways? Where is "here"? Why are you "here"? And ...
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Some numbers are more equivalent than others

          ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL    BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS    ...
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A reason to celebrate

Due to a communication breakdown and some misunderstanding, a truck with four boxes (pictured) full of valuables was left unguarded and unlocked door for exactly 1 hour in front of the bank. Each box ...
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Rethinking this series on the syllabus

I assigned each person in my class the task of creating a number-sequence, however, 4 of the guys I usually consider to be leaders came back with baffling results. Can you make sense of their work ...
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Go Pregnant or Go Home

A love story: First, we met on the dance floor at this place playing loud music. Soon after we were madly in love! Before I knew it, we were engaged to be married. Now, here I am in the backyard ...
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Greco-Roman egalitarianism

Athenian democracy is a cornerstone of egalitarianism. One person, one vote. Everyone. Here's something, though, Athenians mightn't've imagined: I = II = III IV ...
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How will you save Mike?

A direct hint: this question. Question starts from here: You are Dr. Nathaniel - a renowned archaeologist, and involved in a research about an ancient site. But, there is only one problem - the ...
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When at first you don't succede try and Try again

Sherlock had just arrived to work one day when he happened to overhear a conversation between some coworkers on the way in. The conversation went like this: Bob: Did you hear they just came back ...
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Find the total number of goats in the herd [closed]

Two brothers were herding few goats together in the woods, at a tree the herd breaks into two parts and each brother tends to one group. Older brother says, "Give me one goat, I will have twice as ...
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Logically find the cost of a fruit [closed]

If Banana costs 45 cents and If Apple costs 30 cents and If Pineapple costs 60 cents How much would a Mango cost. Give an explantion
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Counting all the hearts

The Arthur family ( Henrik, Olga, Heather and Kristophe) are playing Bridge at the dining table with a standard deck of cards. Taking into account every possibility How many hearts are at that ...
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Which country has more?

Saw this question and couldn't help but make it into a different riddle. China has three more than Chile Algeria has one less than Nigeria Ireland and Iceland...? Are they even different? ...
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What do I want for lunch?

I’ve crafted a new puzzle for the community; good luck to you all!
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I fear only one - Who am I?

The cave has me, the wind hasn't The stories, the pirates, the demons, the lands...all nothing if it isn't me The masterworks of science revolve 'bout me You'll all be blind if it ain't ...
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Who has more? Ireland or Iceland?

China has three more than Chile Algeria has two more than Nigeria Ireland has _____ more than Iceland. Or other way around? How many and why? This is also a clue to the previous puzzle " ...
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What world is he talking about?

" This is not easy to figure out", said Grandpa " In this world, 403 = 308 and is same as 83" I couldn't figure that one obviously. " Here is a hint. 5 1 9 2" Grandpa spoke slowly. ...
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The Key to the Door

I need to get into this building. Next to the only door is a keypad with a simple 10-key numeric keypad. I hear someone approaching so I hide in a nearby bush to observe. They walk up to the door, ...
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What is my favorite color?

Oh the sweet joys of favoritism! I have another puzzle for the community; as always good luck to you all, and I hope you enjoy it! Go to the bottom you'll see. Rounded but right there with me. ...
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Who is at the mall?

My younger sister wanted to play a game with me. She: You have to say a random word, and I'll tell you a number related to it. In the end, I'll ask you a question, whose answer will open a secret ...
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The restaurant water incident

There were 4 kids; 3 brothers and a friend. They all went into a local restaurant and ordered some water. The friend bought the same water the brothers had, but paid more. Assume they all drank ...
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Mysterious loss of weight

Now an entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #41: Short and Sweet A man enters a room and presses a button. Within seconds he loses 20 lbs body weight. How did he lose the weight?
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Roman Numerals equation 1

The following Roman numeral equation is of course incorrect. Make the equation correct by moving exactly one letter anywhere. You must place that letter in the equation (cannot remove it). You can ...
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Where's my scale?

You have a cylinderical beaker completely filled with water, and having no markings on it. You have to somehow empty two thirds of water, without using anything else. Some info about beaker: It has ...
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The weather forecast

Justin was watching a radio. Just after the midnight news there was a weather forecast: "It is raining now and will rain for the next two days. However, in 72 hours it will be bright and sunny." "...
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Who killed the swimmer in the cave?

4 swimmers entered a round room with no windows and no doors, but there was a hole in the floor. One man left through the hole in the floor and closed it behind him, but it is not how he arrived. 2 ...
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Please help with this geocaching puzzle

Edit: added link for geocheck I have been working on trying to solve this puzzle for months and cannot come up with any solution. I have learned lots of puzzle solving methods in the process but I ...
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The Trolley Problem Revisited

A man decided to take the trolley to work one day. Along the journey, he discovered that the trolley driver has stepped off the trolley, and now no one was driving it. Determined to reach work on time,...
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Is it Basic Physics?

Which number is next in the sequence? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 ,11 ,12 ,13 ,14 ,15 ... Describe why and how your answer applies to the given problem.
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What's that movie? (Geriatric Edition)

True story: My mother, 80 years old, asked me "What's that movie?" "What movie?" "You know, the one with that guy..." "..." "Run... Homer..." "Homer Simpson?" "No. Maybe. Was it Homer Simpson? ...
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What is the reward?

You come in a room, there is someone on a stage, saying something. He has a star and a number that changes on his chest. There is a lot of people in this room, only the ones who speak also ...
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Let's play tag!

I have a short and bitter-sweet riddle for the community this evening. As always, I hope you enjoy it; good luck! I want to play a game of tag; however, there are some very important rules: We both ...
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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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3 ants walking in the desert

3 ants are walking on a straight path in the desert, one behind the other. The sun is setting, so the temperature is bearable. The 1st one says : There're 2 ants behind me. The 2nd one says : There'...
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To answer this riddle, what will you open first? [closed]

It's 7:00 AM. You are asleep and there is a sudden knock on the door. Behind the door are your parents who came to have breakfast. In your fridge are bread, milk (pasteurized), juice, and a jar of jam....
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The Motionless Floating Eraser [closed]

First question here; I hope this question fits the rules well :) So, first please see the two images below: As you can find yourself, the eraser appears to float motionless over the register's page, ...
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Unassisted triple play in baseball - how was it done? [closed]

In a baseball game the bases are loaded and there are no outs. One player put out three of the opposing players in one play without involving any of his team mates. How did he do it?
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Hundreds of thousands of words contained in such a small package

If you find that you are crafty you will see the answer's: ___________ CfAaEuDbLcIuHk DbBaAbEbAiEfIa JaCaEaIcIcEfIa JaCaAaEfAaEfIa BcJkAaEfAaEfIa EbIkAuEfAaEfIa EbIkAbEfAaEfIa DfAqEaEfAaEfIa ...
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Which Sport? A non math question

This relates to a sport, a great accomplishment. It is a word.
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My wife has died

In 1980, a man lives on the 30th floor of his building. Every morning he wakes up, gets ready, kisses his wife, takes the elevator down to the first floor, and goes to work. One morning, he wakes ...
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Help Billy retrieve his ball

Billy has accidentally thrown his ball into the neighbor's yard! The ball landed $15$ feet from the big oak tree in their large front yard. The trouble is, the neighbors have a mean dog that's on a $...
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Uncanny Addition

? ? + ? ----- ? Replace every question mark (?) in this addition with a single digit so that the addition is valid and ...