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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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
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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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Fiddle me this - Sounds good

I think of an unlucky traveler, The arguably greatest one ever. Indeed, from Munster now she's far away, She'd be by now over 200 years. Her only target was the big apple, Oh, but how ...
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I am the smallest, only a hand

I am the smallest part, only a hand, yet I stand in front of the Almighty. Before water, I am a sea, yet I live in a city. I am the tenth, and the one after me can hold things. What am I? ...
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I can turn your pet into a god

I can never see myself. I can turn your pet into a god. I can make sweets unpleasant. I will take your guns away, and you will feel secure. I can turn the sun into a bunch of ...
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Another man in the bed, and I'm ok with it? [closed]

When I came to bed, I found my wife asleep with another man. I didn't think much of it and joined them. Later, I was extremely irritated with the threesome and left to find another place to sleep. ...
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Someone's peeled all the stickers off of my The Witness puzzle! Can you still solve it?

Note: You will need to know the rules of the puzzle symbols in The Witness. This post probably still contains spoilers for The Witness, though, so the puzzle has been placed into a spoiler. Someone's ...
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Why you can't buy fish on hot days? [closed]

My personal situation during my first summer job: I loved the fish sold by an old man in his little wooden booth, but when the weather was sunny and hot like hell, you were not able to buy the fish....
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Where am I? What happened? What should I do?

I'm having a total blackout. I'm in this weird place. I don't really recognize it, but I feel like I might not recognize anything at this point. I barely know who I am... So everyone here has a ...
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Where should they be buried?

James, the pilot, was flying his plane for a commercial flight. The plane was travelling from Chicago to New York. On the plane's course, though, was a storm. To make a long story short - the plane ...
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A very evil cipher

A very evil tyrant locks you in a very evil cellar in a very evil castle. Every day he brings you a bit of soup and a bit of bread with a message he says, "It's the code but you have to decipher it ...
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How did the pilot survive the crash?

One sunny day, as he usually does, the pilot was flying his plane. All of a sudden, a wing fell off and the plane started spiralling towards the ground. The pilot didn't eject nor bail out. The plane ...
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Bongardium Leviosa

This was insprired by this puzzle. This follows the rules of a classic Bongard puzzle: find the rule that all shapes on the left follow, but none of the shapes on the right do. To make my intention ...
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Dillon and his homeboys go to the movies, yet they pay for only one ticket [closed]

Dillon and his homeboys go to a theater to see Sex Lives of the Potato Men, just for the price of one ticket. There are no special offers or discounts or any other thing like that. You must buy, have ...
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Ways of hiding information in a piece of text based on the number of words per line

I am trying to solve a riddle where someone has hidden information in a piece of text. The riddle is composed of 4 paragraphs of otherwise normal text (plain english, contents look fine, there are no ...
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He Used the Gun [closed]

One day, a man was hunting. When he saw an animal, he fired his gun. Realizing his mistake, he had a few seconds to run, but was soon dead. What happened?
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You have played with me before — haven't you?

In many ways, I am special. But I am boring next to the Cross. Knock the Cross down, and there's nothing -- not a single thing -- that I can't eviscerate. Play with me, play with my ...
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Espionage at the Chinese Restaurant

The Republic of Lateralia had been beset on all sides by hostile nation-states, each of which were eager to diminish the Republic's sovereignty. Lateralia's behemoth of an economy was an object of ...
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Is the alien right? [closed]

Last night, I was walking down the street then I got teleported in some kind of alien vessel. Some little alien showed up and told me : KDJUHW IJHIOUQ CCW IIIIIJJJ ! Then I responded : QOOCP, ...
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What's that sentence will be? [closed]

Once a king asked his adviser to write down a sentence that, when he reads it in happiness he becomes sad and when he reads it in sadness he becomes happy. What's that sentence will be ?
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You know who I am — do you?

None stand above me. Except when none stand below me. Be careful with me...wish for me now, and love me now -- you may fear me seconds later. I am small, but I have given so much. ...
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Why didn't the king kill the second astrologer? [closed]

A king saw in his dream that all his teeth were gone. So he called an astrologer for its explanation. The astrologer replied, "Your whole family will die in front of you." After hearing the sad ...
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A king in a fort with two doors with two buttons [closed]

A king wants to go outside. He comes to the end of the fort. There are two doors there, and two buttons. These buttons do opposite things - if you push button 1, the king will come out of door 2 and ...
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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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A man was found on the grassland [closed]

A man bought a package. On the next day, his body was found on a grassland. The package was unopened. He was dead. What happened'? Hint: He did not need to consume anything (or anything inside the ...