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 snake trying to tell us?

My friend's pet snake told this below message to us... What is the message it is trying to tell us? What is the pattern? PL,MKOIJNBHUYGVCFTRDXZSEWAQ
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An unorthodox riddle

Imagine that you are trapped in a completely wooden room that has no doors, windows, or any openings. The only object in the room is a wooden table. How do you escape? (For every wrong answer, I ...
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Who has more? Ireland or Iceland?

China has three more than Chile Algeria has two more than Nigeria Ireland has _____ more than Iceland. Or other way around? How many and why? This is also a clue to the previous puzzle " ...
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Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the richest of them all? (I make billions #7)

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the richest of them all? (I make billions #7) Clue group 1: This spa provides a great relaxation rub. Earbuds are included too. I compared virtual machines, and ...
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Seeing the forest for the trees and all that jazz

No math involved here, just a bit of lateral thinking. Can you figure out what comes next? 2, 4, 8, 4, 4, 1, 3, 2, 7, 8, 3, 3, 6, 3, 4, 5... Bonus: How about here? 6, 3, 6, 3, 3, 5, 3, 3, 4...
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Checkmate all the kings #2

Following the rules created by Lord of dark in this puzzle, the idea is to find the minimum number of consecutive white moves to checkmate all the black kings (in this case just 1). You cannot make a ...
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Disaster in Madrid!

A couple were in a car racing madly through Madrid in the middle of the night. Suddenly the engine juddered, whirred, and died. The broken-down car rolled to a halt, leaving them stranded with nobody ...
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Which number does 1995 correspond to in this number pattern? [duplicate]

I saw this puzzle many moons ago and so I assumed it would already be on here somewhere. I have looked and not found, though, and so I present to you a puzzle that baffled me when first I saw it. What ...
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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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A sequence named by a children's toy [duplicate]

Here's a part of the sequence: (A) (B) (C) (D) (E) 1113122113 311311222113 ... The letters are the missing members (there are 5 missing members) and A is the ...
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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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Name That Song!

A homeless man and a rich billionaire are discussing music. The rich person exclaims suddenly "OK, if you can name a song that includes my daughter's name, I will give you one million dollars. Her ...
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To answer this riddle, what will you open first? [closed]

It's 7:00 AM. You are asleep and there is a sudden knock on the door. Behind the door are your parents who came to have breakfast. In your fridge are bread, milk (pasteurized), juice, and a jar of jam....
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The Blown Lightbulbs [duplicate]

Sitting on the table are 3 light bulbs. 1 of them just blown, 1 of them has been blown for ages, and the other works fine. You don't which is which, but you're allowed to test (turn on) 1 bulb . How ...
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ASCII Puzzler 3: The Trees

This is a sequel to ASCII Puzzler 1: Part 1 and ASCII Puzzler 2: Arrows Depicting Movement, Things, or Pointing Out Objects, and a prequel to https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/32439/ascii-...
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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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My wife has died

In 1980, a man lives on the 30th floor of his building. Every morning he wakes up, gets ready, kisses his wife, takes the elevator down to the first floor, and goes to work. One morning, he wakes ...
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Find the letters that complete these five patterns

Complete the last line in each of the following five series: Puzzle 1: "Using" is E "Desist" is I "Visits" is E "Design" is ??? Puzzle 2: ...
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Sabotage at Sea - Cursed Cruise liner?

(Warning: Heavy reading incoming. I suggest writing stuff down...) It's now the year 2150, and you're one of the few people who didn't leave earth twenty years ago. Why? A deadly disease overtook the ...
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James Bond : No Access

James Bond, while working on a top-secret case for many weeks in deep enemy territory, finally collected and stored lots of critical files on his tight-security Linux system. Even though the system ...
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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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You're invited! Now what?

(semi-interactive puzzle) BRIIING! BRIIING! BRIIING! You wake up with a start. It's 6:30... already!? Darn. You roll slowly out of bed, preparing for the day ...
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Where do all the doors lead to?

You are walking in a hallway and find a door. You decide to enter the room. The door closes behind you, the room suddenly becomes dark and starts spinning. You fall on the floor in the middle of the ...
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Man buys item, throws it away on his way out [closed]

I thought of this lateral thinking puzzle. Hopefully, it's not too broad and hasn't been asked before. A man walks into a store, buys an item for $1, and throws it away along with the receipt on ...
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Unfortunately, you died [closed]

Your soul is on its way to the afterlife when suddenly you arrive in a room. You look around and notice six humanoids staring at you. You walk toward them and you can suddenly hear them talk between ...
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A pilot's messages

A friend of mine works as a pilot, so he travels a lot and I don't see him that often. But every year around the same time he sends me a message. He has been doing that ever since 1997. Here is a list ...
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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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Liar liar pants on fire

Here is an easy and straightforward liar puzzle. Four people are in a room, stack reader, boboquack, Rand al'Thor and Brent Hackers. stack reader states that at least 2 of the other 3 are liars. ...
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What, the answer isn't the No of the Yes is?

Doorknob knows exactly how to solve this, so I ask him to not answer this question. Well, here's the puzzle: No, an answer is the cube without A, No? The Yes is No. The squared answer, Yes, is to an ...
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Finger the digit

Officials acquired two anonymized self texts by the G Gang member known as i, and hope these will help you identify ...
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Nerd on the Loose I - WHEN

Chat. I've created a chat room in case anyone wish to discuss this further. Preface. This is the first time I'm creating a puzzle. Since I find enjoyment in science and technology, the series of ...
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The story of green apples and red herrings

Let's say we are in a magic land with lots of fantastical animals and plants and whatever... Imagine you have way too much time, really like apples and love collecting and growing them. In fact, ...
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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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How will you save Mike?

A direct hint: this question. Question starts from here: You are Dr. Nathaniel - a renowned archaeologist, and involved in a research about an ancient site. But, there is only one problem - the ...
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It's opposite day! [closed]

Explain to me that it is opposite day. On opposite day, everything you say is reversed. "No" means "yes", "is" means "isn't", and so on. Because you are trying to explain to me it is opposite day on ...
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The way to Acarien puzzle

You are on a quest to the find the lost kingdom of Acarien. On your way, you end up at a fork in the road. Both paths look exactly the same. At the junction sits a wise man. The wise man will only ...
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Simple Math Problem #2

Link to previous puzzle Simple Math Problem #1 (not linked to this one) Here is another simple math problem. Can you solve it? Examples: $25 + 12 = 33$ $37 + 13 = 44$ $40 + 24 = 66$ $64 + 26 = 88$ ...
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Not enough pylons!

Bob is a temp working with a construction company in repairing roads and barriers. One day Bob got called up to repair a barrier along a strip of highway. Bob will need 100 "Company X" pylons to ...
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Puzzling about a cube

I do not claim credit for this puzzle; I saw it online years ago and realised it hadn't been asked here yet (as far as I could tell), so I thought I'd share it with the community here. I cannot recall ...
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Important days in history… and to come!

The other day I decided I wanted to come up with another simple puzzle before releasing another toughy on puzzling.SE. I came across an interesting series of dates that I wanted to share and see if ...
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Horde of bishops

This has got to be the coolest chess puzzle I have ever seen. Shamelessly stolen from here (Which is actually linked from the help center, which is how I found this) which links here. I don't believe ...
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Nobody can solve this puzzle [closed]

Yes, literally, nobody can solve this puzzle. While every answer might get upvotes, nobody's answer will be accepted. Nobody gets the green check. In this sense, the puzzle is fair to everyone. ...
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Sum other numbers

Begin with a flagrantly erroneous summation and a woefully vacant substitution table. 234 + 5 Digit 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ------- ...
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Who won the world cup quarter-finals?

I hope this is OK to post as after one occurrence of below last year this has been noted in the media - but I haven't seen it written as a puzzle and think it is nice enough to ask. Mia was watching ...
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Find the missing result

On a scrap of paper you read the following results: $$ \begin{array}{r c l c} NETHERLANDS & - &FINLAND & 3-1 \\ JAPAN & - &IRAQ & 0-0 \\ RUSSIA & - &INDONESIA & ...
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Same word fills all the blanks

Inspired by the famous puzzle (origin unknown to me) Fill in the blanks in the following sentence using the same word OR its split versions (not anagrams). A _____ surgeon, was _______ to ...
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There's been a kidnapping!

Alfred C. Bacon, an avid puzzler, has been kidnapped! Fortunately, we were able to find where he was being held. Unfortunately, he was no longer there. Fortunately, he left us a note, letting us know ...
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Replace the question marks with one single word

This one needs a lot of lateral thinking In the equation below replace all the question marks with one single word (same word at every question mark). Then show that the equation is correct.
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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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Infinitely long loaf of Bread [closed]

You are visiting your old friend Mike at Infinitely's Baking Shop. Just as you arrived, he was taking out a fresh, infinitely long loaf of bread. Both of its ends extend infinitely long in a ...