# 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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### 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 ...
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### Tricky Riddle, Wordplay heavy, What is my name?

Today, I have what I consider a tricky riddle for you to answer. Please note, I have added the correct tags to this riddle. I have some math problems that I need help solving. Do you think you'd be ...
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### Dubious Literature

My first puzzle. Please tell me if it's too vague. Hamlet: (holding a sword) To be or not to be. Horatio: Dear Hamlet, live! Only our present states diverge--our futures remain forever bound ...
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### The Trail of Clues: The Mystery island

<--- Previous and first clue You are standing on a roof in Israel at the top of the Ladder. You notice that there is a small package taped to the top rung of the ladder. You pick it up and take it ...
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### To create or not to create

$\hskip2.5in$Crossword format. $\hskip2.5in$Zorn's lemma; $\hskip2.5in$Spain. $\hskip2.5in$Programming language. $\hskip2.5in$The fourth; $\hskip2.5in$A conditional. $\hskip2.5in$Jack and the ...
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### The mysterious box: The First Clue

It was a normal day when I got the box came in the post. I opened it and found a handful of objects inside. I picked out a piece of paper and on it was a riddle: The next clue lies within the top ...
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### Falcon Circus, Chapter 0: The Decision

The Prologue Lycan pouted. I guess he was expecting his little riddle to be hard. Lichen didn't have a change in expression, although this doesn't surprise you. The red twin glared at you for another ...
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### Exchange one letter and I can be silenced

Tired of short riddles yet? I claim me, myself, and I. I can be found in stone, and I can find stone. I can burst, causing irreparable damage. I am an abundance. I am?
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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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### 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 ...