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 does the butcher weigh?

A butcher is 6 feet tall and wears size 11 shoes. What does he weigh? Hint:
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The Most Dangerous Gameshow in the world [duplicate]

You are a contestant on the most dangerous gameshow in the world (lucky you!). The host presents you with three doors. You're told that: Behind the first door, there is deadly poisonous gas. Behind ...
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Another Next Number Question

This is a bit different number sequence. Format and punctuation are on purpose. What are the blanks? 4 1 2 2 '1 2, 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1: 1 2 1 1 3, _ _ _ _ _. ...
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A UniCODE Puzzle

NOTE Please do not edit this puzzle or close for off-topic unless you REALLY know what you're doing. The whole thing, except this note, is part of the puzzle. Thanks! What unicode character am I? ...
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Hippos, hippos everywhere but not a drop to drink

Where can you find: a hippo showering with no water? a rabid hippo with no one to bite? a sleeping hippo with no bed to lay on? a hippo smelling the flowers where none can be found? (one answer) ...
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What words are aquer?

Art, the arbiter, poses this riddle to George, the guesser: Some words are "aquer", some are not; The difference is simple yet profound. If you want to find an aquer word, you had better ...
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Downfall - The Riddle

If forgotten, I will be back in September. If you think I am feminine, I will show you stop sign. If you are afraid of heights, I will throw you in the sea at twilights. If any mis event ...
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A man married the sister of his widow [closed]

A man married the sister of his widow. How is that ever possible?
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A Fountain of Colors

A Fountain of Colors A rock overlooks as my garden unfurls. His pebble admires as the nice sky, it swirls. The odd-looking pink one is chipper today. The lily exposes when Chopin I play. There's ...
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When is a door not a door?

May I ask any of you? A door is almost always a door, but some doors are not doors. When is a door not a door?
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A riddle to make a channel queasy

An accidental discovery of mine, this groan-worthy riddle is answerable with a single character when posted in a Slack channel: What governs the level of disease? As this is my first riddle here I'...
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How many green triangles are displayed in this image? [closed]

At some point, there may be two valid solutions. (actually three: one obvious, one less, third one even less.) Edit: actually four solutions, one found by Foitn & Saeïdryl, which is very related ...
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How many rectangles are in this image? [closed]

Entering 30 characters is quite a lo
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Musical Rebus Challenge!

These rebuses are rebuses of songs. Most of them require lateral-thinking, however, some are clear cut logic. Give the name of the song, and the band/artist, plus the album (or single) and release ...
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No Reception? No Forecast!

(This story is fictional) Today was a very cold and snowy day. I was texting my weird friend, here's my log: <[Have you heard the news? Apparently, a famous puzzle was solved today.]...
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There are fifteen triangles, what is the sixteenth?

This is "fifteen triangles": ▲ ▼ ▲ ▲ ▼ ▼ ▲ ▲ ▲ ▼ ▼ ▲ ▲ ▲ ▼ ? Each triangle points up or down. What the "?" figure should be and why?
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What a peculiar animal

One day, as I was wandering in the forest, I came across a most peculiar animal. It came right in front of me and said to me: I watch I salute I am multiple I am myself I sting I dig I ...
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The helicopter position?

Helicopter fly from New Jersey to the north for 500 km and then to the east 500 km, then to the south 500 km and then to the west 500 km where is she now? Can it arrive at a position where ...
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Pokémon, Gotta Guess Them All!

Below are some "rebus" that lead to names of different Pokémons. However, here is the catch: The rebuses do not all explicitly lead to the name of Pokémons. The rebuses may be describing the Pokémon's ...
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Where will this take me?

Zero zero one. On the monitor, it blinked. I was eager to know what secrets Mr.Brown was holding. Not very long, he was known as one of the best secret agent. Keeping all the secrets, safe and sound. ...
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How do you proved that A was killed by B? [closed]

There was a very calm day. There were three people called A, B and C in the middle of a ground. A was killed by either B or C. This incident was not seen by anyone (excluding B and C). So no one ...
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Death in the Dungeon [closed]

You are located in a dark dungeon that has only one hole to the outside, so that air can be let in so you won’t die from suffocation. This suits you just fine, as you were a former secret agent and ...
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Surviving a plane crash [duplicate]

There were $37$ people onboard on a flight from Delhi to New York. On its way, plane faced some technical issues and crashed. Every single person on the plane died, yet $4$ people (onboard) survived ...
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A loving marriage?

A simple puzzle of my own creation: The heartless man threw down his shovel and laughed as his wife fell into the hole. There is a very simple explanation as to what is happening here, can you ...
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Who drinks beer while running anyway?

A variant (I don't have the book in front of me, so this is a paraphrase) of this puzzle was in the book Brainteasers and Mindbenders, by Robert Hamilton. It has stuck in my mind since I read it in ...
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Prove that 1 + 1 is 1 with Formal Logic [closed]

Puzzle: Prove that $1 + 1$ is $1$ using formal logic. Hint: Hint 2 (edit):
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Odd-looking circle

A man is told to make a circle He makes this: Where is the man?
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Awesome Murder Mystery [closed]

Source: gpuzzles.com Note: The owner of gpuzzles.com did not allow me to copy the puzzle, However site is fine pasting picture.
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You have 2 quarters. I need 1 quarter. Which quarter do I have? [closed]

Have asked several people and can't Google for help. You have 2 quarters. I need 1 quarter. Which quarter do I have?
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What happened to the mouse? [closed]

Before I start, this isn't so much a riddle as it requires knowledge of the things used in it :3 A scientist has a rat and a mouse. He has created a maze for them to do. The scientist observes the ...
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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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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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How Did The Tellers Mom And Police Know [duplicate]

Can anyone solve this riddle? A bank is getting robbed and one of the robbers tells one of the tellers to give him all of the money. The teller tells him she doesn't have access to it. ...
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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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Who am I? Not Basil Seeds, Lime, or a Well

It has black, but it is not Basil Seeds, It has white but it's not Lime, It has water but it is not a Well, It has feathers but it is not a bird Who am I? Hint: Hint 2:
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The Man in the Ocean [closed]

A man dressed in uniform is lying face down in the ocean with a backpack on. What happened to him?
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ASCII art troubles

Please look further only if you're 18+ and not of a sensitive disposition. The puzzle consists only of the image above. If it doesn't look sharp enough, you can click on it to enlarge it. There's no ...
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T-yosc, A countdown

A countdown: 4, 6, 6, 0, 3, 2, 0, 1, 2, ? How does it end? And why? Clarification: The "?" stands for a number. Which one? And of course the interesting part is: What's the rule behind this ...
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The three rules

The black rule says: The solution is easy, but not "easy". The red rule says: The solution is simple, but not "simple". The golden rule says: The solution is straightforward, but not "straightforward"....
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Birth problem solving [duplicate]

A girl named Rima was born in 2012 and died in 2013, but she was alive 40 years 2 months. How is it possible?
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How to Charge Our Devices in this Machine?

Warning: It is actually a simple "puzzle" which is silly but debatably unique as it really happens to me in real life. I'm amazed with nowadays technology. When I go to one of the shopping mall in ...
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A mysterious permutation

"We're a team of six." "I'm a large open field," "many plots make me home." "I like signs, I collect them," "and I like my books, I've written a lot in them." "You might need my kind to be a ...
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Use four 8's to make the number 2016

Previous question: Use two 2's, two 1's, and two 8's to make the number 2018 Background: I was trying to add some new elements (hopefully creative and interesting) to this traditional type of number-...
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The waiting general

"I am waiting waiting for you for you to come... Here I stand facing their lines, the scores of them fill my vision. My troops too few, I can't attack, but you can. Then ...
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Easy Riddles #3 I tried to kill you 3 times <3

A girl shoots her boyfriend, but he doesn't die. She then holds him underwater for ten minutes straight, but he still doesn't die. Finally, she hangs him to the roof, and he is still alive. How is ...
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Revenge on OEIS*

First, a story about how I messed up a puzzle: It’s hard to make a simple yet creative number puzzle. After fiddling one late, dark winter evening with different patterns, at last I made a sequence ...
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Who destroyed my grandmother's pillow?

The Victim: My favorite pillow. A gift from my grandmother, embroidered with my initials. Ripped open, torn to pieces, soft innards spilled everywhere. The Suspects: Clifford the puppy, Caleb the ...
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Change Picture I to Picture II

Picture 1 Picture 2 Can you alter just 5 characters to make Picture 1 exactly as Picture 2?
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The House That Faces North [duplicate]

A Square House Has 4 Windows, 1 on each wall, All facing North. Prove it's Possible.
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10 + 1 − 2 = 9 X

10 + 1 − 2 = 9 X Can you solve the puzzle in this expression? You must only replace the 'X' to solve this puzzle. You must not add, remove, rearrange or modify any of the other characters. 'X' ...