# 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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### Found the key, but what to unlock?

Here's a series of text messages between me and my friend. Me: Couldn't use ebg13, so used ______ to hide my messages. Him: What? How is this possible??? Me: A big prime ______, what else did you ...
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### The fix is in : Any guesses?

My prefix is in the infix My infix is in the suffix My suffix is in the prefix 3 and 3 totally six What's the word?
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### NO. DIFFICULTY. PUZZLE

Up here is down on the ________ side. The article used in this sentence. What is this again? The verb used above The second answer is here too. Open my lock with a ___. Where is the key?
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### Curved brick wall

Below is a fully functioning curved brick wall. Amazingly it uses fewer bricks than a functioning straight brick wall of comparable length. How is this possible?
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### How to become a millionaire by selling coconuts? [closed]

A woman is buying many coconuts for 5\$a dozen. Afterwards, she is selling the coconuts for 3\$ a dozen. After this transaction, the woman has become a millionaire! How could that happen? Hint: ...
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### Sorry, I'm new. to this SE

spoil the unlukcy number for this text fbeel, V'z arj fb gvuf jvyy or fchre rm. 3 > 4 and 4 > 3 ^\w|[A-Z]|[^w](?=i) is the whole clue minus a letter. Find it ...
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### Coin in a jar trick

A jar with a single key inside has its lid closed shut. How can you get the key out? The jar is glued to the table, and the lid is stuck as well. Your solution should be quick (a minute max).
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### Some pocket challenges

A "pocket challenge" is a short puzzle where you don't need any complicated process nor writing material and, some times, not even a great knowledge. That's what I like to call them... Here ...
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### A Simple Subtraction, Three Answers

Think laterally and you will get three answers to a simple question. The question is: What do you get if you minus Ten from Forty Nine? The answers are 39 41 59 How? Please explain. No partial ...
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### Spiritual chemistry take two

When the three meet there’s a Ghost. When one departs and another gains weight God remains. What elementary abbreviations do I speak of? I am looking for an exact answer - no spare letters. A hint ...
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### Spiritual chemistry spell

What three abbreviations can be used to spell Ghost and God? This is meant to be elementary but there is a twist.
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### Matchstick rearrangement: Zero to Hero

Below is an expression that has a value of 0. How can you move only three matchsticks for the resulting value to be 49?
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### Scoring a grid​

As a professor of Awesomeness at the prestigious Ad Hoc University (other questions in this series), I decided to assign my students this puzzle. Unfortunately, they were all unable to get it! I want ...
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### Silent Chinese Whispers

There is an advanced course for experienced lip-readers who want to become intructors. If they qualify, they will teach lip-reading classes themselves. All the participants in this course-for-...
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### Move just one match

Make a correct equation by just moving one matchstick! This is the source. Spoiler--source reveals answer.
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### Anagram puzzles

5 independent problems in a "self-help arrangement" (which helps you figure out, what the task is, without presenting an example) not left + up = honest tear + boy = jail five + I = kiln ...
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### Where is the pilot flying to?

Barry is a pilot for the mafia. Due to his unique cargo, his employers have to give him his destination in code. Everywhere he has flown, from Edmonton to Frankfurt to Atlanta has had an international ...
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### Old Bob is ill : Said Grandpa

“Darn good computer, this new one I just got. So you can have my old one”, said Grandpa to my sister. I was impressed, but a bit cynical. “What’s the catch?” Grandpa smiled. “Just guess the 4 letter ...
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### Burger Riddle, Can you solve it? [duplicate]

There once were 2 mothers and 2 daughters. One day they went to eat burgers. Each woman ate only one WHOLE burger. Yet only 3 burgers are eaten! Perplexed? Unravel this mind-boggling riddle!
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### Short but impossible math problem

Given these four equations/inequalities: 1x=2 2x=4 3x=3 4x>8 What is x?
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### Math-stick problem [closed]

Here are 6 matchsticks. You should rearrange them, to make nothing But you should not waste or get other matchsticks
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### John is trying to solve this problem for his son . Can you identify the problem?

It is really easy I believe. The answer is wherever you look Kinda my first attempt. Be kind and thanks for a great community
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### Fun with ^#**#!@ flags

(h/t to @sarsaparilla and that user's Fun with Flags series of puzzles earlier this year) "Hi Pat." "Hey, did you get my note about our next trip?" "If by 'note', you mean '...
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### My friend's scrapbook

I was visiting with my friend Susie the other day when we got talking about our travels. As we discussed favorite cities we had been to, she suddenly got up and went to grab a dusty scrapbook from the ...
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### A phone call with my travel agent

"Hi Pat, I just got the itinerary you sent over. Are you actually drinking at work?" "Nolo contendre. But what's the problem?" "It doesn't make any sense. I mean, one of the ...
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### A Connect Fano Plane

The Fano plane is the smallest example of a finite projective plane, with 7 points and 7 lines, which has the property that every pair of points lie together on a unique line, and every pair of lines ...
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### Obfuscated characters

Hidden in These Numbers, letters, and symbols YOu will find something quite Particular. To solVE: please stAte the name foR Code LIke this ...
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### When you take away two

I am an odd number. When you take away two, I become even. What am I? Edit: @hexomino got my original answer but I have come up with another valid answer. Edit 2: @QuantumTwinkie got my other ...
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### A Puzzle in The Two Towers

Our local used book store is going out of business, and I ran in to pick up another copy of Lord of the Rings. When I picked up a likely copy, a scrap of paper fell out of The Two Towers...I've done ...
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### Make this equation correct

Using your creativity, conversion skills and adding one letter (anywhere) to both sides, make the following equation correct. Same letter must be added to both sides. V I E N T = D Hint Check the ...
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### Exam statistics

250 teenagers gather for an exam. Peeking at the roll, a math-inclined among them note that if they are split into 10 groups of 25 per alphabetical order, then in each group, there are two with the ...
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### A Puzzling Family

Ben is brother to Pat; Daisy is sister to Tori; Gail has two big brothers: Carl and Kyle, who look very similar. They all stay close to town, don't like to venture out. But then there's the other ...
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### Sometimes to find an answer to a short question you have to travel far. Sometimes not [closed]

This one's simple: When and where is con the opposite of sin?
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