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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What is the number of the parking spot?

One needs to find the number under the car.
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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: $1 = 5$ $2 = 4 + 7$ $3 = 1$ ...
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A room full of buttons and numbers

You see a room with two buttons, two numbers and some text. As you enter it, the room expands, and two more buttons, two more numbers and some more text show up. Later someone else enters it, the ...
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Add Chocolate for Taste

Today I have another puzzle for the community. I will warn that some of the hints are obvious while others are not. You'll need a bit of lateral thinking to complete this one! I hope you all enjoy it; ...
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I Almost am a Chicken

I almost am a chicken, Not quite a famous horse. Confined to my domain, I'll help you see the course. I almost am contagious, Not quite a Youtube part. Use a pencil when you're ready ...
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Girl is looking at an object… (lateral thinking)

I remember this very old riddle involving lateral thinking. I was surprised that I cannot find it here. (Or maybe did I use wrong keywords? If so, please mark as duplicate) Girl is looking at an ...
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Poisoned Iced Tea [closed]

Two girls went to dinner together and both ordered iced tea. One girl pounded down five of them in about a minute, and the other took her time drinking one. The girl who drank one died, while the ...
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Older twin's birthday is one day after younger's

I have been asked this puzzle in an interview. There was not a lot of time left so I couldn't solve it quickly and the interviewer kind of let it go as he had to wrap up the interview Foo and Bar ...
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Fill in the boxes to get the right equation

Here is a math puzzle I had a little bit of hard time with No computers please There is a solution without inverting 6 to 9
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Murder in a bar [closed]

Two men enter a bar. They are served identical drinks with poison. One lives; the other dies. How is that possible?
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The 7 Young Men

There are 7 young men. All are excellent basketball players. They each started to 1v1 another player on their team. They all played and nobody was left out. Everyone was present and none left the ...
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Fill in the boxes to get the right equation v2

My take on a recent puzzle. Place numbers into boxes to create a correct equation, using each number at least once: $$\Box-\Box+\Box\times\Box=\Box\:/\:\Box$$ This time the four decimal numbers are ...
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The Boy of Fire: The Final Battle

Welcome to the final part to the Boy of Fire. If you haven't read the previous parts you should do so prior to beginning this one. I've decided to take a different approach with this one as I've ...
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Use 2, 0, 1, and 9 to make 34

Use 2 0 1 and 8 to make 67 See above for the rules. Note that in this one, the year is $2019$, not 2018 Whoever does this one will be rewarded with the answers for 1-100. Hint
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The Boy of Fire: Into the Stronghold

When we last saw our heroes, they were resting after a long week in the Sea of Fire. They battled the great King of Serpents who despite his rage against the human race, assisted our heroes with a ...
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The Basalisk and the Boy of Fire

As promised in my last riddle, the story continues. For those who haven't read the riddle preceding this one, I heavily recommend you do. The door swung open, slamming the wall; our heroes burst ...
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That's a story for another time

I'm a fan of nested puzzles, and especially puzzles that tell a story. I'm finding that I am quite good at them, so I'd like to post this one for the community. I wish you all the best of luck! ...
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An alternate answer

Really rare report! Today, Todd texted this: ♦☼ ↓☼§ ♂♫☼↨ ¶◘♣ ☺♫‼○↨♣↕ ♠☼↕ ◄§♣‼¶♥○☼♫ ‼○↑ ☼♫ ¶◘♣ ♪☺¶◘ ◘☼♪♣↨☼♣↕♂? ○ ♥☺♫'¶ ♠○•§↕♣ ○¶ ☼§¶. Although, having solved it, I decided it's too easy and ...
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The Sheikh dies

The Sheikh dies, leaving behind three sons, 17 camels and the following order: His oldest son shall inherit one in two camels. His middle son shall inherit one in three camels. His youngest son shall ...
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4824 Draw an award 4284

After you finished the last one with a ceasar cipher: [ Definitely not suspicious ] I realize that you guys cannot be distracted. So, I will tell you the answer, right here. $Phew!$ While everyone'...
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The infiltrator

The house has two doors and two windows. There's no other way of getting in or out. There are five people inside the house right now. All of them entered the house through different means: Albert ...
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Tell me a story!

I've seen a lot of prefix-infix-suffix/Riley riddles lately on the site and have decided to write one myself; however, those of ...
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No love for 2 and 3

Form two numbers. The sum of them must be $100$. For the first one you must use the digits $4$, $5$ and $6$ taken exactly once in this order. You cannot use other digits. For the second one you must ...
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A Wonder Untold is Bright and Bold

I have been sick lately and haven't written a riddle in probably a week or longer. I came up with a riddle this morning while adding more detail to the acrostic tag wiki (though the edit still needs ...
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6 prisoners, 2 colors, one mute

Just like the classic 4 prisoners hats riddle, here we have 6 prisoners buried to their necks in the ground. They can only look straight ahead so that A only sees B, C, D, E while B sees C, D, E, and ...
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Which switch goes to which bulb?

You are in a room with three switches, labeled $A$, $B$, and $C$. Initially, each switch is in an off state. In an adjoining room, there are three incandescent light bulbs. Your task is to ...
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$6$ is prime? Another Grandpa Mystery (not made by @DEEM, this time)

Inspired by @DEEM's Grandpa Mystery puzzles (e.g. here and here). Be sure to check them out! Now we all know that Grandpa is a genius... but sometimes he says the most absurd things! Today he told ...
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Who is Pete's favourite composer?

Pete had a conversation with his shy friend Dave from his old concert band "Plain Inspiration" Pete: Do you like classics? Dave: Absolutely! ... Pete: Is there any chance you would ...
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How Ssimple is Thisss?

Read following passage... Beginning sstory: There wass a ssound. Maybe a ssnake? ...
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Puzzle #5: As Hard as ABC

A piece of paper was found in a kindergarten classroom trash can. On the paper there is a list of letters. It is pretty obvious what the task was when you notice what the paper says. A B C D _ It's ...
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The All Seeing Eye

I would like to introduce myself to the Puzzling world on Stack Exchange (came from Stack Overflow). I've enjoyed several puzzles here and I would like to begin to participate as I believe brain ...
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A quick rebus puzzle

This riddle depends on the colour of the pictures. So it is not friendly for colourblind people. All inconveniences are regretted A simple one this time. No hidden meaning or clues. Let's see how ...
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The answer should be in the form of a question, like jeopardy but with a bit more ~fantasy~

The answer to the first is not bad or inferior. The answer to the second is not noise or agitation. The answer to the third is not evil or corruption. The answer to the fourth is not ...
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Falcon Circus, Chapter 3: The Jungle

The Wise You get up and dust yourself off. Pushing extra leaves and vines out of the way, the sign reads, "THIS WAY! THAT WAY! NO WAY? YES WAY!" You let out a big sigh. Oh boy. There was one door in ...
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Half of a Hot Plate

You walk into physics class with your friends, and your teacher is already there. She's left what looks like a large, thick, plate out by an old-fashioned coal heater (for some reason, your school has ...
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A fatso racist and a skinny racist jump off a cliff. Who wins? [closed]

A fatso racist and a skinny racist jump off a cliff. Who wins? Rhymes from a place where dreamers can express their dreams with verse, ...I was afraid to start writing.... ...hearing them is ...
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Enter the Vermillion

I have a new riddle for everyone here at Puzzling.SE, and I believe it's a safe bet to say it will be difficult to solve. My suffix is my prefix, defined for both as well; My infix has one ...
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Hey, it's a puzzle [closed]

You Just Joined Puzzling SE. You are about to ask your first question on puzzling SE, but you face an emergency. You have the Reputation Bonus, Therefore you have 101 Reputation. You forget About ...
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The “Three Diamond” Distilling Company

Now, I grew up in South Carolina. Most people don't associate my home state with bootleggin', but, back in the day, this is where it all began. Ya see, the fastest cars could outrun those cop cars. So ...
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3 = 6 ? Another non math question. Another Grandpa Mystery

Now I know Grandpa asks silly questions all the time. He says to me: "Son, this is based on my personal experience. I was with a friend today. He made a gesture. By making this gesture he ...
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Solution or Origin of logic puzzle

This is not my puzzle and I do not know the solution. This was shared to me by a friend. Their former boss told them this riddle. I was told this question originated from Steven's Institute of ...
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Can You Prove it? [closed]

Can You prove it that 7 + 7 = 12 partially mathematical EDIT (Due to answer): By 7 and 12 I mean the Numbers.
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What is the next?

1 3 5 2 4 ? some numbers are given, it seems so obvious? FYI: the answer is not 6. what is the next? the answer is not a number.
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Where is my coworker from? [duplicate]

My new coworker sent me some code. He wants me to figure out where he was born. I believe there are some hints within the code, but I cannot figure it out. Here is the code block: ...
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Grandpa and numbers: Another Grandpa Mystery

Grandpa loves to make silly little statements. And he thinks they are riddles. The other day he turned to me and said: "This is not math but Take a number Add a number to it And ...