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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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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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Help with this riddle please

What can you take but not give? What takes hours to do but it’s over in an instant? You can get it but never save it. What gives you sight without seeing? Run without legs. Travel the world ...
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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 ...
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Pizzle - Will you ever show up, Rick?

NB: Pizzle = Puzzle + Riddle Chapter 1: Let's start (solved in comments) You can see me, but you can not catch me I'm lightweight, but I could lift you up easily Chapter 2: The First Piece (...
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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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Where is Jimmy's father? [duplicate]

(It's an old soviet math problem, no tricks or anything here) Jimmy is 21 years younger than his mother. Six years from now, Jimmy's mother will be five times as old as Jimmy. Where is Jimmy's ...
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What colour was the… No, there's no damn bears here [closed]

Puzzlers of the world were gathering at the PuzzleMania conference-as a special event, celebrities from various fields of endeavour were invited to give their favourite puzzles. It came to Ed the ...
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Noughty Mathematics Question

Use your imagination to follow these instructions: Take out an imaginary piece of paper. Turn it 90° clockwise. Make a mental note to use right-justification and nice, tight kerning and leading. In ...
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How does this equation hold true?

The other day, I found this puzzle laying on a floor: This holds true. Why? $$w=2u$$ There was nothing else on it. It looked like an equation of some sort, although I had no clue about the $w$ and ...
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A Matchstick puzzle with a little twist

Here is a matchstick puzzle with TWO (possibly more) solutions. There are two types of matchsticks. 1 Short (eight and = sign) Total 9 2 Long ( All ones) Total 4 Please move 3 matchsticks and ...
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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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Do exactly what I tell you!

A short and simple one for the community while I work on the next big one! Do exactly what I tell you. Stop. Ask me if you see the moon. That, over there; pick it up. ...
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How to solve this statement? [closed]

How to solve this equation by removing one element? (one element is one spatially finished item.) hint :
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Why does 12/2 = 7? [duplicate]

Here's a quickie while I work on the fourth floor of the Puzzle Dungeon. It's going to be here within the next two days, probably. Find a way to divide 12 by 2 so you get 7. There are several rules: ...
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True for one, Not for the other [closed]

I came up with puzzle, I think it's clever. Two women, Eve and Amy, sit at a table. After a bit of casual chit chat. Amy, writes on a piece of paper and says “I wrote five words. It is a true ...
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Who is Pete's favourite actor?

Pete loves movies. He always watches trailers of the newest blockbuster on Youtube. Sometimes it is hard for him to decide which movie he should watch next, because work is stressful and most of the ...
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What I Learned from the Attic

Now that I have moved into my parent's house for a temporary stay, it was time for me to earn my keep. My father has become quite old, and time has not been kind. There is a lot of unused and ...
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Alphabets and Numbers? : Another Grandpa Mystery

Now we all know how crazy Grandpa is when it comes to Math. He says to me: "Use your imagination and tell me, If Seven + L = Zero And Zero - C = One Then Three + I = ? I have no ...
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Where is Alex P. Barker?

Overview You are a special agent with the FBI and have been given the task of finding the number one most wanted criminal of all time. He's been hiding anywhere and everywhere to evade capture for ...
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An old man told me a story at lunch

Today I took my lunch break at my normal time, and sat in my usual location to eat. Nothing special, just a salad with tomatoes, swordfish, and tuna. While I sat there eating, and reading my book; an ...
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A word with four numbers

This is a "mythical" five letter word. It has 4 numbers in it. All the 4 numbers are different. All the letters in the word are part of those numbers. (no extra letters) Hint Think ...
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A Riley some Math and a Confusing Note

A Quick Note I am having a hard time picking a topic for my next story riddle and have decided to make a new puzzle. Today I have combined a multitude of puzzles into a single larger puzzle to make ...
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What was the police officer's idea? [closed]

Two police officers suspected a man of kidnapping. Without sufficient evidence they couldn't search his car or his home. They also couldn't interrogate him. One officer had an idea which later led to ...
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Trapped In A Glass Cube [closed]

You wake up and find yourself trapped in a glass square shaped covering. Luckily, you see soil below, unlike all the other directions. You start digging but find that there is glass at the bottom too. ...
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Six gems, six shelves, and far too many puzzle rhymes

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #39: Deep Down in the Dungeon 1. You enter a well-lit, round chamber. As the party enters the room, the door behind you slams shut. No amount of effort can ...
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Jacob's Video Game fix [closed]

Jacob would not stop playing video games no matter what his father said. Angry at Jacob's disobedience, the father decided he could fix the problem permanently with a hammer and a little elbow grease. ...
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A Chess Puzzle in Reverse

Here with a quick chess puzzle one of my friends gave me. The puzzle is a bit interesting; it is White to move and not mate in 1, which is the reverse objective of the usual puzzle (hence the title)....
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Some Really Confusing Math

I was talking to a co-worker this morning and he stated that he was able to make both of these statements true using only $1, 3, 5,$ or $ 7$. He then proceeded to tell me: $1 = 5$ $2 = 4 + 7$ $3 = 1$ ...