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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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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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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 ...
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How does the boy retrieve his ball?

A boy was playing with his bouncy ball in the forest, far from home and with no one around. Suddenly and without warning, his bouncy ball fell into a cement hole, about 1 foot down, and too tight for ...
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How to tell one's right/left

Imagine a person, let's call him John, floating in a space. It's not a room, cause there are no walls. It's something bigger as you can't see any limits. And there is nothing you can see. Only white ...
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Name the Third Friend

Three friends were discussing their favorite things. Tuweth declared that he loved camels. Sumo stated that she loved the going to church and to work. The third said that they loved to party, ...
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A murder in Manchester

Harrison and George are best friends, they both live in Manchester. One day, Harrison goes to George's house to visit him, but after opening the door, he finds his friend dead near the desk, with a ...
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A unit of language, consisting of one or more spoken sounds? Inexorably!

With great economy and without superfluous, exaggerated, flowery speech, please elucidate how to determine clearly and precisely what the beautiful, ornate, stupendous Word Of The Day is. My extreme ...
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Say My Name Please

People, demons, deities-- These three love to follow me. Starving, penniless--where reside thee? I may satiate or be half your need. Cupboards, crumbs, committees-- Those are different ...
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I walked uphill both ways [closed]

Grandpa: "You young'ins have it easy. When I was your age, I had to walk to school and home again uphill both ways!" Grandson: Grandpa, that's imposs-- Grandpa: Don't interrupt me child! I'...
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Can 4 = 6 and 10 = 1000? : Another Grandpa Question

Grandpa likes PSE. He is amazed at the smart puzzle solvers who seem to solve any of his riddles. So he constantly tries to think of new challenging questions. So he says: "Ask Tom, SteveV, Jafe, ...
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Shannon O'Hannan Public School Puzzle Contest Winner 2019

This puzzle won the Shannon O'Hannanan Public School's Puzzle Club contest. As the prize, we are letting the winner type out his puzzle on the Puzzling Stack Exchange for all of you to solve. Our ...
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Are these numbers unique?

Grandpa loves numbers. He is always asking me riddles about them. (Annoying if you ask me) He says: "These numbers are different than others. Even unique you might say. There may be others in ...
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A Morse Conundrum

Yesterday, I intercepted a message encoded in Morse code, but, because I was extremely tired, decided to wait until today to decode it to plain text. However, when I looked at the piece of paper I had ...
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Extremely 'Fair' Rip-Off Meal

Recently I decided to dine at the X lodge in Y country. Its reviews comprehensively praised the excellent menu and the extremely fair prices. After being seated, I ordered a soda water. "Mildly ...
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A silly silly question

Grandpa and I went on a nice camping trip away from it all for hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, kayaking you name it. After a rather adventurous yet successful day we were walking back to the tent ...
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Is this equation correct?

Grandpa tells me that the following equation is correct. CIX = FV - CLX I don't get it. Do you?
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A Difficult Job

My plumber gave me a perilous job--his figurines had been stolen (3). I had to endure Ian's sobbing before he would tell me the problem under his feet (2). It turns out the girl he dated had taken his ...
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How did the inspector know that the report was fake?

A man was murdered in a village and the police inspector asked two constables to go to the scene and provide a First Information Report (FIR)... As it was night and the location was too far from the ...
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Puzzle related question about iq test 9876, 5555, 1234,? [closed]

Here is a number series puzzle from an IQ test. $9876$, $5555$, $1234$, $?$ I would like to know what the next number, ($?$), is. I notice the pattern that all the digits are used in the series; ...
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The Grand Heist

One day, the police receive an anonymous tip that a robbery is about to occur on the fortieth story of a tall building. They grab a car and drive as fast as they can to the site. On arrival, they ...
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Come on people! what am I? [closed]

You are in a store when out of nowhere you hear a voice. It asks. what am I? It follows the question with a story. I asked a lady before and she said “I think you are a banana?” then I ...
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Rapid Weight Loss, what am I? [closed]

I came up with a new puzzle taken from every day life. See if you can figure it out! ...