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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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Defy the corrupt executioner! [duplicate]

Smough the Executioner leads you up to to the chopping block, set between two torches like lonely sentinels. A row of authorities and guards, with the king at the epicenter, sit shrouded in darkness ...
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A man is alone in his flat on the 22nd floor of a building. In order to commit suicide, he jumps out of the window. After falling a few floors, he hears a phone ringing inside the building. He dies ...
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A gold ring? A door? What am I?

Like my last post, if no one gets this for 3 weeks, I will post the solution. If no one gets this for 1 week, I will post a hint. Here is the riddle: In Korea, a door as bears fall up. In America, a ...
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The Secret Club (another one?!?)

Well... my first attempt to enter a Secret Club wasn't successful (see: The Secret Club), but this time I'm sure that nothing can stop me from reaching my goal... I've discovered this new club, whose ...
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Who is the fifth child?

Jason's mother has five children. The first one is July. The second one is August. The third one is September. The fourth one is October. What is the fifth child's name?
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Strange pictures

Here's a little puzzle I threw together in honor of today. What are the pictures trying to say? (Note: It's my first time posting here, so I'm bad at formatting, and can't figure out how to resize ...
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Weighing an elephant [closed]

Here's another classic I couldn't find on the site: How can you determine the weight of an elephant without using a scale?
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Mrs. Dunham's drinking problem

Hell is where a little old lady named Mrs. Dunham lives. Mrs. Dunham is a very old-fashioned lady. Mrs. Dunham has a bit of a drinking problem. Three times a day, every day, she drinks. What times of ...
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Here is another classic that I couldn't find anywhere on the site: A man is lying dead in a field. Next to him there is an unopened package. There is no other creature in the field. How did he die? ...
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Why didn't the cop stop the lorry driver? [closed]

A police officer saw a lorry driver going the wrong way down a one-way street, but did not make any move to stop him. Why not? Let's see if I can make this puzzle not "too broad": there's no ...
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What is this scenario?

It's wartime. Fred and Gus are friends and soldiers. When Gus decided to move far away from the cavalry, he saw an enemy coming toward his camp. Fred also saw the enemy, and did his best to protect ...
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Hey. Don't tap on the glass [closed]

A man works at an aquarium. Every day, he has to spend way too much time telling people to stop tapping on the glass at the shark tank. Finally, he gets fed up with it and comes up with a solution. ...
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This is not math. This is war!

I have two operators! They are very close, brothers, actually! Though they are like each other's negative.They are named $\mathfrak{C}^+$ and $\mathfrak{C}^-$. No one knows what's going on in their ...
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A couple were in a car racing madly through Madrid in the middle of the night. Suddenly the engine juddered, whirred, and died. The broken-down car rolled to a halt, leaving them stranded with nobody ...
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How did the judge pay his barber? [closed]

An Olympic judge rushes into the barbershop. "You need to help me!" he pleads. "I have to judge in 10 minutes, but I've been traveling so much I look just awful." The barber looks at him carefully. "...
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Why is my desk wet? [closed]

A brewing cup of tea sits on my desk. Full of water and milk When I put the cup down I was very careful not to spill a drop When I came back 2 minutes later, my desk was damp with hot tea. Why???
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Find the next image in this abstract reasoning puzzle

I have been looking for patterns for a while now, but could not find one. I found some rules: The middle column always points the same direction. The first two in the first row are always ...
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Not enough pylons!

Bob is a temp working with a construction company in repairing roads and barriers. One day Bob got called up to repair a barrier along a strip of highway. Bob will need 100 "Company X" pylons to ...
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Which is worth more - a chest of nickels or half a chest of dimes?

I have two large identical chests of exactly the same shape, volume, etc. One is completely full of nickels (each worth 5 cents), and the other is exactly half full of dimes (each worth 10 cents). ...
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A Code from the Lines

Yeah. I think this puzzle will be the hardest puzzle on Puzzling... I'll add one hint per 3 days, I'll add a VERY helpful tag on the 3rd week, and I'll post the answer and explanation on the 4th week....
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Complete the (alpha) sequence riddle

Fill in the blank below (as indicated by the underscore: "_") to complete the unique sequence:     T _ M R P     Rules/hints/...
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What is the fault in the Image?

Identify the fault in the picture? Read the Text. Look at the picture. Identify. You might get it.
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Measuring the amount of liquid in a container without a measuring tool [closed]

The Problem Let's say you are asked to measure the amount of liquid in a container, but you are not allowed to use any direct measuring tool (such as a balance, ruler, or anything of the sort). You ...
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I am the odd one

I am usually spread over five. On rare occasions, like in 201, I occupy exactly 4. But I am the only one that can never be in six. Who am I?
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In what field does π²=2?

In what field does $\pi^2=2$, where $π$ is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter? Remember to think outside the box and that I am looking for a complete answer. Hint:
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Mysterious message from the NoSlaves™ Calculator Co

So my son is starting to show an interest in mathematics, and being the awesome dad that I am, I decided to buy him a basic calculator. Being the cheapskate that I am, I ordered the cheapest one I ...
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Find the secret phrase in this encrypted image (Part 4)

Welcome to the final stage of Quark's encrypted image puzzle series. I don't really like reusing old tricks so this puzzle will NOT require steganography tricks. There's not much else I can do to a ....
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Contact with no signal?

I know this problem might be too silly/easy, but I'll ask it anyway and see what happens... One day Alice woke up a beach. She got up to look around but there was no one else there! She started ...
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The Tricky Tunnels!

The king had a mutant rat problem in his kingdom, so he ordered 3 young men to go down under the depth of the ground to find the cause. The 3 young men jumped down the hole, and followed the tunnel. ...
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Monkey and the Crocodile

There is a small island in the centre of a lake. The lake has two banana trees. The monkey wants to get all the bananas from the island and so he goes to the crocodile to ask for help. The crocodile ...
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3 Planks, 1 nail [closed]

John and Bob were doing some home construction and decided to take a beer break. Before grabbing a seat John pulls out 3 planks of wood, 1 nail and a hammer. John makes a bet with Bob saying I'll ...
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Diabolic Substance

What is it : Colloquially, it is a Diabolic way to win at athletic events. Take a single one, and it might be shaped like a star.
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James Bond : No Access

James Bond, while working on a top-secret case for many weeks in deep enemy territory, finally collected and stored lots of critical files on his tight-security Linux system. Even though the system ...
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Jim: A polygamy love

One day while he was siting on a chair, waiting for a "reversal of chance" Jim had two queens (beautiful females) come along. Their sight satisfied Jim and he recalled that people called these ladies ...
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Where the hell is Vincent?

Vincent was a software engineer working at Bell Inc, and well...he's gone insane. He is said to suffer from clinical schizophrenia, autism and severe anxiety. But there's one golden fact about his ...
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Jump over a bottle? [closed]

A friend of mine challenged me to jump over a bottle on the floor. I'm good at jumping over obstacles so I accepted. But then I realized that I couldn't do it! Why? Explain! Notes: I'm not ...
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Race of patience for the sake of love

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful girl who had a lot of lovers. Every guy wanted to marry her, be with her. Given a lot of options, she had reduced the candidates from 128 to 2. Yet it was ...
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Where did you end up? [Part 2!]

Follow the clues and tell me where you are in the end. You are here The birthplace The biggest child The first letter of it's name Go left Note: This one is harder, ...
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Strange marks on the Wall?

On an adventure looking through an Egyptian pyramid, you find weird marks on the walls. It seems as though they are different, yet strangely similar from hieroglyphics... Strange... Further down into ...
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Why Tom didn't get food? [closed]

There were two friends, Joy and Tom. Tom was oversmart and always thought he was brilliant and smarter than anyone else, especially Joy. Once Tom and Joy went for a trip around the world and got ...
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To be a bookworm

I have a complete set of encyclopaedias on my bookshelf, beautifully bound and neatly arranged with volume 1 on the left and volume 32 on the right. They were a talking point when I bought them 30-odd ...
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How many Pigeons are there?

There are pigeons sitting in a queue. The first one said, "There are 4 pigeons behind me." The last one said, "There are 4 pigeons in front of me." The middle one (or, one of middle ones) said, "There ...
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Evaluate the long multiplication

Evaluate Q1:$[-100\times (-99)] \times [-99 \times (-98)] \times [-98 \times (-97)]..... (97\times 98)\times (98 \times 99) \times (99 \times 100)$ And Evaluate Q2:\$(-100-98) \times (-99-97) \...
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Faster than the speed of light [closed]

(I am not the origin poster of this question but I have failed to provide the references) A scientist claims that he found the way to break the speed of light barrier - faster than the speed of ...
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Driving from London to Paris to Berlin

In 1908, Phileas Fogg, the man who went around the world in eighty days, died of pneumonia. Jean Passepartout, his assistant, had inherited everything Fogg owned, and so became a nobleman himself. One ...
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Puzzle out the Cryptogram Patterns

So I haven't posted very many questions and I'm not yet very good at figuring out how many clues to include. In addition, I realize that the key behind the third cryptogram is not at all obvious so it ...
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A dead body, a pair of scissors, no bruises, no cut. How? [closed]

There's a dead body on a bed and on the floor is a pair of scissors. The scissors were instrumental to his death. Yet there was no trace of blood. The body reveals no sign of any cuts or bruises. How ...
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Eggs on the Roof!

A small family of chickens were discussing very important business, the conversation went like this: "The farmer needs eggs! Someone has to lay them!" "No quiet down! You have to be quiet! The ...