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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Move Two Lines to make the equation correct

Move 2 lines (one short and the other long) from one side (either) to the other side of the = sign to make the equation correct. Cannot use "not equal to" sign. You must move 2 lines as ...
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Find the pattern and fill in the question mark

Hint: Hint 2 (added later): Hint 3 (added later): Hint 4 (added later):
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Find My Mission For Me

Addendum 1/14/2023: I've given a new, major hint in an answer. I am a spy for the CIA. Since I am in a hostile territory, my next mission was given to me in a very coded manner. Today, while playing ...
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The broken crosswalk timer

This is something that actually happened to me. In my city we have countdown timers on our crosswalk lights that let you know how many seconds you have to finish crossing the road, like this (source: ...
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Almost half a million, yet smaller than a hundred [closed]

Consider, for example, the number 420109. It's quite big, isn't it? Not so far from half a million. Yet it can be interpreted to be smaller than a hundred with a very simple trick, without putting any ...
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Terminator? Nah

Resonate me to leave me whole. Tamper with me to leave me good. Gather me to leave me alone. Trim me to leave me empty. What would happen if you retrieve me? Subtle Hint: Moderate Hint: Decisive ...
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Mon Dieu! It's civil (servant) war!

The three overlapping ellipses form seven curved regions - place one tile in each region so that the tiles in any one ellipse can be re-arranged into an eight-letter solution to the corresponding clue!...
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The Dispute at the Milky Way Restaurant

Fifteen related guests visited a restaurant and got into an argument about who was the greatest among them. To settle the dispute, they asked the owner to decide. He thought for a moment, then said “...
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No Christmas presents until you solve this!

This morning I received an email from Santa Claus himself. He wanted to tell someone about the problems he’s facing and chose me. When I read about his problems I was worried because I like my ...
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Case of Punctured Tyre

A man drove his Innova car all the way from Shimla to Delhi only to discover at the end of the trip that he had a punctured tyre from the very start. Yet his Innova car was not at all affected by it. ...
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Just a regular multiplication

What's the two-word phrase I'm looking for? tr x 4 = T re x 6 = C tr x 8 = O pe x 12 = D tr x 20 = I
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Which Goes Where? Hint: Old Kid?

Usual folks! Each ellipse corresponds to an as-yet-unknown category - two tiles are placed for you - and each remaining tile belongs to at least one category - so the question remains - which goes ...
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The London safes and their mysterious combinations

Here's the first riddle I invented for Puzzling SE. Hope you'll enjoy solving it. This story takes place during World War II. A German spy is assigned the task to sneak overnight into a military base ...
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A seven letter word - the meaning doesn't change if you remove letters

I am a seven letter word. If you remove one letter from me my meaning does not change. If you remove two letters from me my meaning still does not change, and if you remove three letters from me, my ...
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German number sequence

Classical format, here is a sequence of numbers, you need to find out how it continues: 5, 4, 14, 8, 0, 4, 2, 2, 2, 0, -3, -1, -2, -3, -7, -7, -6 This puzzle should also have the tag 'Germany' ...
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Only these six belong but which, where and why?

The two ellipses represent as-yet-unknown categories and of all the countries only the six shown belong to at least one of the categories. One is placed for you and for the remainder which belong ...
4 votes
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IQ Puzzle with a Twist

This my first puzzle in a very long time so if I've done something wrong let me know. I think there should be enough information to rule out wrong answers, but I don't know of a good way to verify ...
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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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What is it that comes once in a year, twice in a month, three times in a week and four times in a day?

What is it that comes- Once in a year Twice in a month Three times in a week Four times in a day?
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How do I solve these Math IQ problems?

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #2: IQ Puzzle Parody I have no idea how to approach this problem. It is from an IQ test. If you can give me some hints, I will be really thankful. ...
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I need a help with this HQ test puzzle I found online

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #2: IQ Puzzle Parody Which option (a.,b.,c.,d. or e.) completes the sequence above?
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Fifteen minuter? Give it a shot

Exactly one of the seven tiles on the bottom will go in each of the seven curved regions formed by the overlapping circles. Two additional tiles have been placed for you - but the question is which ...
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Get-a-Clue™ Crossword

Complete the crossword. Each answer is one word. (n) is noun and (v) is verb. collection 1D. ↑ (n) 1A. ↑ (n) 2D. ↑ (n) 3D. ↑ (n) 4A. ↑ (v) 5A. ↑ (n) 6D. ↑ (v) 7D. ↑ (v) 8A. ↑ (n) 9A. ↑ (v) 10A. ↑ (v)...
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There are a lot of gifts missing

1-108-121-128-146-157-195-227-305-315-??? There are a lot of gifts missing There is a missing 11th number which is it? This is not on OEIS :)
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A logic puzzle with some lateral thinking

Original puzzle below created by me. The writing is... to be honest, not that good, but it's a puzzle. Focus on the puzzle part. Your name is John D. Tectif, and you're looking for 4 notorious ...
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It's Hot! Need somewhere to go Doc?

You can have a HOLIDAY but as for the rest: which tiles, where, and why?
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Political Bantering Puzzle

Simply Puns Or Cryptic Clues In BOLD: Sitting atop a tall chair in the garden, one English Politician P was having his Evening Beverage, His American Neighbour N was asking "Our Admiral can ...
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Simplicity Itself?

Usual format: each ellipse represents an as-yet-unknown category. Each tile belongs in at least one ellipse - but which ones where and why?
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Rules, rules, rules... still not enough!

I hadn't gotten a letter from any of my friends in a while, so I was quite surprised when I received one from my companion, O. He usually only contacts me when he has a problem, so I was quite ...
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Are we salvageable?

You wake up in a small room. The door is locked and there's no light other than 3 red glowing bulbs over a heavy iron door. Across the room you see a small table with a typewriter that doesn't seem to ...
12 votes
1 answer
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Who put these roof beams over the chimney, I'd like to know?

Before you read this, the credits: I came up with this puzzle entirely by myself, and the photo is mine. I just bought a house last winter, and I was all ready to cozy up next to a warm fire in the ...
9 votes
1 answer
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The Queen of Starts - Is Her Bark Worse Than Her Bite?

Each tile belongs to at least one as-yet-unknown category but which belongs where and why?
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A strange corporate

The employees of corporate "Clocks" have a fixed rule for working hours. All the employees start working at 16:00 and finish their work by 21:00. They take exactly one break during that time....
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An injured surgeon [closed]

Two brothers are both surgeons. They are skiing in the Alps one snowy day. They are both overly cautious and carry the same basic tools of their trade whenever they ski. Coincidentally, both brothers ...
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Crime and Punishments - Apologies in Advance

You know the drill man! Place the tiles to find the eight-letter solutions to the clues
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What is 12 in this same pattern?

7 = 31674ZS 8 = 883011SO 9 = 166037352UR 10 = 434782608W...
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Rebus puzzle with four colored bars and diagonals between them

This is an extremely simple rebus puzzle, the answer is extremely obvious if you know where to seek, you only need some lateral thinking, and maybe some basic programming knowledge. To make it even ...
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What concept does the image symbolize?

Well this is much more obscure than the previous one, but the puzzle is still very simple if you think about it a little bit more. I will give you four images, each of them are connected to the ...
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Solve the last equation

My brother showed me the following puzzle from some type of (IQ?) quiz game on his phone: 1 + 2 = 21 2 + 3 = 36 3 + 4 = 43 4 + 5 = ?? I am quite sure this was the original question asked. ...
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An animal, posed in a poem

I might sound fe_ _ _ _ Yet I'm in the opposite. Do not count my _ _ _ _s It was one originally. But you can spell out A bright star in me! And please be sure that you're Going to the right direction! ...
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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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Seasons to be Cheerful

Happy hebdomidaire grapple fans!! In an effort to get Stiv to have to think for more than two minutes - I've drawn a puzzle from the " Spares" category, which is the equivalent of pulling ...
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Paris and Wife Matchstick

Here are two matches dates that I hold with love in my heart: The current sum is 1970 + 1997 = 3967. You must requisition at most 10 matches so that the sum is "as big as possible". We will ...
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Math Crossword with a Twist

This puzzle was inspired by this one Who will be the first to solve this tricky math crossword puzzle completely? Across 2: Half of ({20 Across} x (smallest perfect number) + 446) 3: (Number of ...
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Who Are The Final Two Contenders, and Who Won?

Hello! I'm Mike, and welcome to your 3rd annual "Needle in a Haystack" awards! We'll have just five rounds of competition, followed by judging, then your champ! In each round, the ...
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Quite the Namesake

Me and a friend of mine named O were once trapped in a room with a shapeshifter (long story). I had a gun (even longer story), which was good because me and O needed to kill the shapeshifter (possibly ...
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Nights at the Round Table

And there you are, the famous Round Table, seeing it in all its glory makes you smile, even though you thought it was a lot bigger. Well, no matter, as soon as you arrive, you find a parchment on the ...
13 votes
1 answer
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Naming Unconvention

This week's puzzle follows the usual convention: circles which represent as yet unknown categories. One tile has been placed to help - your task is to place the others and explain why.
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Found in Africa

The answer to this puzzle is a six-letter word. One thousand one. "One friend"
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Strange shopping

A lady enters a clothing store. She tries on a dress size L, but she finds it too large for her. Therefore she tries on the same dress, size XL. This one fits her perfectly. Happy, she buys the dress ...

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