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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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! ...
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Birthdays celebrated in wrong order

A boy celebrated his birthday with some friends. Strangely, 2 days later, his elder twin celebrated his birthday with the same friends. Now those friends got confused and asked why the order was ...
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Name that place!

An easy puzzle, but I hope it brings some fun (especially if you are a programmer). What's the name of the place?
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I'm not a brilliant mathematician

I'm not great at mathematics. Mental arithmetic I can do, but not algebra or calculus or anything like that... Anyway, here's a little puzzle I came up with in my spare time. I got where I am today ...
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10 + 1 − 2 = 9 X

10 + 1 − 2 = 9 X Can you solve the puzzle in this expression? You must only replace the 'X' to solve this puzzle. You must not add, remove, rearrange or modify any of the other characters. 'X' ...
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What ARE they talking about?

The other day I was in a group chat on that brilliant messaging app WhatsGoinOn? when some banter between a few of my friends totally baffled me. We had been getting nostalgic - talking about all the ...
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Might be early but here we go

Gleefully, we played together in this winter season Up until now, we have thought this fun will last forever Ultimately, everything is not unlimited but has a start and end. Grinning ...
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What are some good resources to practice logical puzzle-solving? [closed]

I currently own this book called "Algorithmic Puzzles" by Anany and Maria Levitin, and I am having a hard time getting through the higher level problems. I have always been interested in logical ...
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The Great Escape: Room 1

You wake up trapped in a room. In front of you is a door. Next to the door there is a computer. On the computer you see the following Select the correct image to open the door Tries Left: 1 ...
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Older sister's get to celebrate their birthday first right? [closed]

A man taking his daughter to her new friends birthday party one Saturday in spring when he happened to overhear his daughter's friend explaining her party to his daughter. saying: ...
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Can you Solve for $x$?

$x=a+b+c^{1}+d^{2}+ \large e ^{\normalsize67}+ \large f \large^{\normalsize62}+ \large g^{\normalsize27}+ \large h^{\normalsize14}+\small i \normalsize^5+\small j \normalsize^1+\small k \normalsize^2+\...
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Fill in the number. Not as straight as it looks

The square below is missing a number: You have four options: 32 4 16 22 Please explain your answer. HINT:
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Lucky thumbtack

You have a lucky thumbtack and a pencil in your pocket at an amusement park and you want to ride a roller coaster. How do you make sure not to lose your lucky thumbtack on the ride, without holding ...
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Mr. Mouse Goes Shopping

I had a perfect preface to this story, I swear, but now it escapes me. Oh well! It mustn't matter much, must it? 'Twas the night before Black Friday and all through the house, not a creature was ...
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The Cryptic Lab ~3~

SPOILER ALERT PLEASE READ The Cryptic Lab * 1 * AND The Cryptic Lab +2+ BEFORE READING PART 3! The series is getting less and less attention, so I might close it sooner than I think; after part 5 is ...
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The Cryptic Lab +2+

SPOILER ALERT! IF YOU HAVEN'T LOOKED AT MY QUESTION BEFORE, The Cryptic Lab *1*, YOU WON'T UNDERSTAND MUCH HERE! I'm glad people enjoyed the first part of the puzzle. I didn't think any of you would, ...
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The Cryptic Lab *1*

Once you've finished this puzzle, you can go to The Cryptic Lab +2+ This is a remake of the old puzzle, which was too broad (and I made such a terrible puzzle, lol). This is a harder yet simpler ...
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Cryptic Chamber *1* (discontinued) [closed]

(discontinued puzzle) The remake for this puzzle is out. You wake up. Eyes wide open, you sit up, with a terrible pain in your stomach. You're inside a dark room, and you see a light above a light ...
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Time To Fix The Machine

Yesterday, I received a call from Mr. X who asked for my assistance in fixing his time machine, which he suspected had been damaged during one of his adventures. Since an initial inspection revealed ...
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A Strange Way to Purchase [closed]

A person asks for an item or service, and is told that if they want 2, it'll be free and it would be much faster. The person did not have any medical disorder, nor were they asking for a task to be ...
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Easy Riddles #1

Mr. Blue lives in the blue house, Mr. Pink lives in the pink house, and Mr. Brown lives in the brown house. Who lives in the white house? I dont know why, but I'm obsessed with easy riddles.
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Simple Math Problem #3

Previous Puzzles(Not linked to this one): Simple Math Problem #1 and Simple Math Problem #2 Prove the equation: $-6439832+ = 9$ $-$ and $+$ are there just to tell that you can use only these two ...