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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What I Learned from the Attic

Now that I have moved into my parent's house for a temporary stay, it was time for me to earn my keep. My father has become quite old, and time has not been kind. There is a lot of unused and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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Where can you find

A deadly river (but not today) A monarchy ran by animals A giant kitchen appliance Contrary to many answers I received, this place, sadly, does not exist in real life. Big Hint: Very Big Hint: ...
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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 ...
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How can he save both- his son and lot of people? [closed]

A railroad operator lived with his only son. One day, a train was to cross the moveable bridge. Because of the operator's mistake, the bridge was lifted. His son saw the train and went up to pull the ...
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A Lazy Breakfast

Clark and Albert sat at the same old table they'd met at years ago. As per usual, there was hardly anything to drink, and they'd had nothing but sips between them. Near Albert, there were some ...
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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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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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Old School riddle with a twist

Rhpeiwpa fj pejchao, ykt cqhh lb qdeo xjz iaoo Qda pkhqpekj fo ewnikju, cnki tdwp tkqhz ya x jaoo. Lnzejwh, Xxoyeoowh, xjz Fiiazewpa qnkqxha, Znepeywh oareoekj jqopj’p oarawh x akqxha. Hint:
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The Great Escape: Room 1

You wake up trapped in a room. In front of you is a door. Next to the door there is a computer. On the computer you see the following Select the correct image to open the door Tries Left: 1 ...
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That's What SHE Said!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Bob and Alice were talking about their friend Jenny. Alice was asking Bob why... Jenny bought an item for 6 dollars, then she ...
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What was on the piece of paper?

A man walks into a restaurant and finds a piece of paper on the floor, he picks it up and gives it to the waiter who then gives it to his manager. The manager calls the police and the man gets ...
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A man was born in 1881 and died in 1883, yet he was 90. How?

A man was born in 1881 and died in 1883, yet he was 90. How it is possible?
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Guess a common 5-letter word!

Something with a very low pH, though not alive, I evolve as I age. My grandfather was used in building; My father, though smaller, was ground-breaking. Though I'm smarter, I'm not much ...
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Why does nobody contact the police about the murder?

Brian found himself sitting in a very large room with a solitary light shining from behind him. He hears a voice say, "don't move." Brian stays still. The voice starts again, "tell me why you're ...
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The copper's already solved this one for you. Just fill in the blank

The Oxford Coppa gives you the facts: "We've arrested Jimmy, whom we saw with an axe." "We've arrested Bobby, whose morals appall." "One crime, two crimes, we've got evidence for them all." You ...
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The Beginnings of Galois Theory

I am a 4 digit number The sum of my digits is half of me Add a tail to one of my digit-members Then the sum of them is three