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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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Enigmatic Animals

What are the three animals? The clues are separate from one another and get harder as they progress. Animal 1: I live in the shadows I don't let anyone else play in the bushes Animal 2: ...
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Strange Refrigerator Problem

I found this old mini fridge at the dump. It still had old sticky-notes attached to most of the oddly-shaped drawers. Any idea what was kept in the bottom drawer?
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Lyckety-Splyt gets some Deli

This here's my song, G, 'Bout when I was hongry: I went to the deli In harlem. They sell me A sandwich so smelly, Thought I was in Delhi. They put grits of hominy On top of pastronimy. Nine bucks? ...
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Just Another Who am I Riddle

I am a ruler high and mighty I am not a fan of perfumery Though I love my jewelry So who am I? This is my first riddle and I appreciate any feedback.
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A double-agent with a conundrum

You are a double-agent in the most important war of the 20th century, The Falklands war. For years you have been playing the United Kingdom and Argentinian governments against each other, taking ...
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The other night I did these things

The other night I did these things: I alternately climbed the rungs of success and slid down to failure. I got a car, went to college, got married and had up to four strangely-...
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Counter-Red Spiders

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Title based on this xkcd.This puzzle contains hints for 220 black squares (but that's not the point) but is a standalone puzzle. ...
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Salesman? Possibly

It was on the Istere that I encountered him. Our conversation covered a wide range of topics - everything from ancient history to the nature of time. Admittedly, I was somewhat distant, not entirely ...
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The mini riddle in graffiti

You find some graffiti. It reads: "The pouch lives in the 3x4 inverted moniker." It appears to be signed by "OyouOrtut␣␣␣" And there is also "ariibeaobvtn abbrev." What does this mean?
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29 - 1 = 30 – how?

How is $29 - 1 = 30$? If also $14 - 1 = 15$ $11 - 1 = 10$ $9 - 1 =10$. Hint:
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Could there be some logic in this mystical gibberish?

My great uncle Sean passed away in '94 after a long battle with illness. Not many people came to his funeral; he was 105 when he died, and had outlived all of his friends and colleagues. I'm told he ...
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Do you need some water or a drink? Use me, and I won't get it from the sink

So I'm at best neutral, neither truly first nor last, To me, ties are fruitful, our destinies set and cast. A simple sketch, now that sounds fun, Now I will etch, maybe a gun. Dawn ...
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I'm bored. Do you like eating bananas? They make a good breakfast

So for today, our riddle is broken into two. Can you figure out all of these clues? Am I the Alpha, the origin, the prime? I'm maybe victory, or part of a dime. Take one to the face, you ...
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Let me Introduce you to the Band

If you need anything, just let me know—I'll point you in the right direction. Let me start out by counting off our members. The tall one there is named Martin. He's kinda offensive and always pissing ...
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My roommate's short riddle

My roommate (rm) this morning suddenly give me this riddle, rm: Hi, good morning! I have a nice riddle for you me: Seriously? Isn't this too early? rm: 'mon, just guess who I am You ...
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Another sequence of numbers [duplicate]

Here at Puzzling there are many sequences of numbers already. I come up with another one, that I haven't found so far. ...
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Twisted Vivaldi

There are 5 riddles. Each riddle will lead to a one word clue for the final answer. Your job is to guess the final answer. The problem is, each riddle has a twist: 1 of them is a red herring. 1 of ...
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An invisible traveller

Maybe not a typical riddle, but here it is: I can travel from there to here by disappearing, but I can also travel from here to there by appearing. What am I?
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I can signal the demise of the world, or I may be the key to unlocking it

I may have four legs, or I may have none- I may have two ears, but perhaps I cannot hear. I may have two eyes, but could it be that I cannot see? Either way, I can be found in your home; Either ...
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Riddled with (w)holes

With holes, I hold. With holes, I am whole. Try to make more, and there are less. Try to make more, and I am less. What am I?
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Can you guess where I am?

In the city that I‘m currently in, there is a former marketplace, where elderly are reading outdated information. there is a share of homeless citizens, wandering about. there is a nice ...
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I come in all shapes and sizes, and I can offer all sorts of prizes

Give me a fruit, I'll turn it to pieces, A turn of bad luck, and your plan ceases. Mistaken for death, if I'm without friends, Bringing with a breath, success will I send. Let's not ...
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An interesting class

"Alright, class, I'm seeing so many new faces today. Let's go around and introduce a fun fact about yourself." A: "Hey everyone, I'm A. People tell me I'm pretty, but I wish I can buy something with ...
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A milestone achieved in ParticulEr

For I came after the forbidden. Loved by the Italians <3 Member of the Wilson's family Swiftly came out way, a dozen before Christmas day. Way more to say , but will not go the further way. ...
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The odd blind old man [closed]

There was an old blind man returning home on a train from Switzerland. He just had surgery to make him be able to see (the surgery worked), but he had a blindfold on to let his eyes heal. Being ...
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Can we get some input, please?

The seven of us are pretty much surrounded. Stevens thinks that the key is to keep together and everyone's on board with that. He's surely our most senior man, but I worry about him. He seems to ...
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Jumping Spiders in the Holy See

reduce(15:93) Jumping spiders in the Holy See From a battle entertainer in the royale court, less than weekly The answer is two words, and will fit into the sentence, "Video games these ...
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(Troll Math Question) Divided by sweets

I got "x" number of sweets. I can divide my sweets equally by 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 all the way to 101 friends such that I have no left overs. Find the least number of sweets I could possibly have at first? ...
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Where should you go? The Mysterious Disappearances (Part 1)

It is a lovely Monday afternoon, when you, Detective Ashmolean, are given a new case. Kids have been disappearing all over town, and it is your job to find the kids and arrest the kidnapper. All of ...
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My friend's bounty

Story I love doing stuff with my friends on Buzzing Shark Exchange. This time my friend finally decided to create an account on this site. We wanted to have fun, so I created a cryptogram: What is ...
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The Dollar Bill

Bill was asked to form as many triangles on top of a flat table using his 5 pennies (3 coins on the table where centers are connected by imaginary lines to make a triangle). His teacher told him that ...
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A Perfectly Reasonable Question

I talked with an employment counselor recently, and here are some of the findings: I'm amenable to stipulations in my contract regarding: Confidentiality Termination Clause I can be ...
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This is it. This is the one. Find your wife

If you have found her, maybe you could try saving her? You come home one day and find your wife is out. You open your computer and discover an email from her. To xxxxx, / Curiosity killed the ...
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That's Ounce Weird

I am alone in a room. The room is very quiet, except that one may hear a sound of something like snowing, and a sound of something resembling a cloak. In the next room behind the door, there’s also a ...
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A UniCODE Puzzle

NOTE Please do not edit this puzzle or close for off-topic unless you REALLY know what you're doing. The whole thing, except this note, is part of the puzzle. Thanks! What unicode character am I? ...
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Accidental Oblivion

She was running track, as usual. He approached to stop her, but accidentally stumbled. As a result, no one remembered the next couple of minutes. What happened?
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John and his condition

John is a nice looking guy, but he prefers to stay at home most of the time. John has a very warm relationship with Mary. Actually, Mary is the only person who is able to drag John outside once in a ...
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What's wrong with this movie?

I got this strange movie from a friend lately. It’s black-and-white and silent, although I don’t think it’s supposed to be that way. I watched it and skipped through some of the scenes, but I’m sure ...
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Where should the Armor go? [duplicate]

At the end of World War III, the country of Puzzandia has lost many of their planes due to lack of armor. As Puzzandia's plane maker, it is your duty to put armor on the planes. Each plane has been ...
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Riddle: A low-power car mover

(This will probably be an easy one...) What can accelerate a car fairly quickly, using only 10 watts?
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The Celebration

Today is a very special day, a day for a party. It's time for a celebration, and you are invited. Here is my plan for our party today. First, we'll heat things up and have a shocking game of ...
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How to play this game?

If we play the game with 7, 5, 3 and 2: 727272... If we play the game with 2 and 9: 292929... If we play the game with 9, 3 and 5: 953953953... If we play the game with 3, 9 and 5: ...
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What can you see, while you are blinking? [closed]

This is easy, right? No, I'm not darkness. Blink, Blink, Blink.... Can you see me? No? Blink again, and tell me what you see. Nothing? Wow, you think it's that easy? No, it's surely not. And if you ...
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Brother Mine! Missing

So, just the other day, i was sitting outside trying to piece some sort of puzzle together, when my brother called. He had this rather strange message for me. "Mostly it's you who did it boy.... for ...
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How much did the bananas cost [closed]

I went to the grocers today. I brought three bananas from the grocers and paid for them. How much did I pay for the three bananas.
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Data Sharing Between 3 Players [closed]

Consider a situation in which two companies hold data about individuals: the first company holds individual's names, and their age. The second company also holds the individual's name, but instead of ...
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Who is this contact?

When I'm on Whatsapp, there is this one contact that is always online when I'm checking status of contacts. However, a friend of mine has this exact same contact and on his phone the contact doesn't ...
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A Simple Puzzle - A bus Driver [duplicate]

So imagine you are a bus driver. You have left the depo at 9:00 AM on the dot! You arrive at the first stop, open the doors and pick up the 3 people waiting at the stop. At the next stop 2 Adults ...
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A Way So Familiar [closed]

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Bob was mowing is lawn when he saw a white van driving around his neighborhood. Driving the van was a wiry old man. He made stops in ...
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Do I Work with an Orangutan?

This morning I found myself face-down in front of a large building. It was obvious that I had taken a great fall from one of the rooms above me, but now I apparently had amnesia. I went in. I could ...