# 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 my favorite color?

Oh the sweet joys of favoritism! I have another puzzle for the community; as always good luck to you all, and I hope you enjoy it! Go to the bottom you'll see. Rounded but right there with me. ...
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### How to solve this statement? [closed]

How to solve this equation by removing one element? (one element is one spatially finished item.) hint :
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### Wait just a minute [duplicate]

A man goes into a room and sits down. Suddenly his weight increases, then eventually resumes back to normal. After several hours - suddenly his weight decreases, then eventually resumes back to ...
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### Why does 12/2 = 7? [duplicate]

Here's a quickie while I work on the fourth floor of the Puzzle Dungeon. It's going to be here within the next two days, probably. Find a way to divide 12 by 2 so you get 7. There are several rules: ...
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### True for one, Not for the other [closed]

I came up with puzzle, I think it's clever. Two women, Eve and Amy, sit at a table. After a bit of casual chit chat. Amy, writes on a piece of paper and says “I wrote five words. It is a true ...
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### Alphabets and Numbers? : Another Grandpa Mystery

Now we all know how crazy Grandpa is when it comes to Math. He says to me: "Use your imagination and tell me, If Seven + L = Zero And Zero - C = One Then Three + I = ? I have no ...
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### Do exactly what I tell you!

A short and simple one for the community while I work on the next big one! Do exactly what I tell you. Stop. Ask me if you see the moon. That, over there; pick it up. ...
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### A word with four numbers

This is a "mythical" five letter word. It has 4 numbers in it. All the 4 numbers are different. All the letters in the word are part of those numbers. (no extra letters) Hint Think ...
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### A Quick Chess Puzzle in Passing

White to move and mate in 3. Hint:
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### What was the police officer's idea? [closed]

Two police officers suspected a man of kidnapping. Without sufficient evidence they couldn't search his car or his home. They also couldn't interrogate him. One officer had an idea which later led to ...
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### Six gems, six shelves, and far too many puzzle rhymes

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #39: Deep Down in the Dungeon 1. You enter a well-lit, round chamber. As the party enters the room, the door behind you slams shut. No amount of effort can ...
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### Jacob's Video Game fix [closed]

Jacob would not stop playing video games no matter what his father said. Angry at Jacob's disobedience, the father decided he could fix the problem permanently with a hammer and a little elbow grease. ...
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### Some Really Confusing Math

I was talking to a co-worker this morning and he stated that he was able to make both of these statements true using only $1, 3, 5,$ or $7$. He then proceeded to tell me: $1 = 5$ $2 = 4 + 7$ $3 = 1$ ...
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### A Chess Puzzle in Reverse

Here with a quick chess puzzle one of my friends gave me. The puzzle is a bit interesting; it is White to move and not mate in 1, which is the reverse objective of the usual puzzle (hence the title)....
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### A room full of buttons and numbers

You see a room with two buttons, two numbers and some text. As you enter it, the room expands, and two more buttons, two more numbers and some more text show up. Later someone else enters it, the ...
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### Where is Alex P. Barker?

Overview You are a special agent with the FBI and have been given the task of finding the number one most wanted criminal of all time. He's been hiding anywhere and everywhere to evade capture for ...
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Today I have another puzzle for the community. I will warn that some of the hints are obvious while others are not. You'll need a bit of lateral thinking to complete this one! I hope you all enjoy it; ...
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### Girl is looking at an object… (lateral thinking)

I remember this very old riddle involving lateral thinking. I was surprised that I cannot find it here. (Or maybe did I use wrong keywords? If so, please mark as duplicate) Girl is looking at an ...
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### Mysterious loss of weight

Now an entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #41: Short and Sweet A man enters a room and presses a button. Within seconds he loses 20 lbs body weight. How did he lose the weight?
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### Murder in a bar [closed]

Two men enter a bar. They are served identical drinks with poison. One lives; the other dies. How is that possible?
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### Fill in the boxes to get the right equation v2

My take on a recent puzzle. Place numbers into boxes to create a correct equation, using each number at least once: $$\Box-\Box+\Box\times\Box=\Box\:/\:\Box$$ This time the four decimal numbers are ...
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### A Riley some Math and a Confusing Note

A Quick Note I am having a hard time picking a topic for my next story riddle and have decided to make a new puzzle. Today I have combined a multitude of puzzles into a single larger puzzle to make ...
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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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### Use 2, 0, 1, and 9 to make 34

Use 2 0 1 and 8 to make 67 See above for the rules. Note that in this one, the year is $2019$, not 2018 Whoever does this one will be rewarded with the answers for 1-100. Hint
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### An old man told me a story at lunch

Today I took my lunch break at my normal time, and sat in my usual location to eat. Nothing special, just a salad with tomatoes, swordfish, and tuna. While I sat there eating, and reading my book; an ...
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### The Boy of Fire: The Final Battle

Welcome to the final part to the Boy of Fire. If you haven't read the previous parts you should do so prior to beginning this one. I've decided to take a different approach with this one as I've ...
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### Who is Pete's favourite actor?

Pete loves movies. He always watches trailers of the newest blockbuster on Youtube. Sometimes it is hard for him to decide which movie he should watch next, because work is stressful and most of the ...
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### The Boy of Fire: Into the Stronghold

When we last saw our heroes, they were resting after a long week in the Sea of Fire. They battled the great King of Serpents who despite his rage against the human race, assisted our heroes with a ...
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### The infiltrator

The house has two doors and two windows. There's no other way of getting in or out. There are five people inside the house right now. All of them entered the house through different means: Albert ...
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Really rare report! Today, Todd texted this: ♦☼ ↓☼§ ♂♫☼↨ ¶◘♣ ☺♫‼○↨♣↕ ♠☼↕ ◄§♣‼¶♥○☼♫ ‼○↑ ☼♫ ¶◘♣ ♪☺¶◘ ◘☼♪♣↨☼♣↕♂? ○ ♥☺♫'¶ ♠○•§↕♣ ○¶ ☼§¶. Although, having solved it, I decided it's too easy and decided ...
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### The Basalisk and the Boy of Fire

As promised in my last riddle, the story continues. For those who haven't read the riddle preceding this one, I heavily recommend you do. The door swung open, slamming the wall; our heroes burst ...
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### I Almost am a Chicken

I almost am a chicken, Not quite a famous horse. Confined to my domain, I'll help you see the course. I almost am contagious, Not quite a Youtube part. Use a pencil when you're ready ...
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### That's a story for another time

I'm a fan of nested puzzles, and especially puzzles that tell a story. I'm finding that I am quite good at them, so I'd like to post this one for the community. I wish you all the best of luck! ...
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### Tell me a story!

I've seen a lot of prefix-infix-suffix/Riley riddles lately on the site and have decided to write one myself; however, those of ...
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### Trapped In A Glass Cube [closed]

You wake up and find yourself trapped in a glass square shaped covering. Luckily, you see soil below, unlike all the other directions. You start digging but find that there is glass at the bottom too. ...
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### No love for 2 and 3

Form two numbers. The sum of them must be $100$. For the first one you must use the digits $4$, $5$ and $6$ taken exactly once in this order. You cannot use other digits. For the second one you must ...
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### A Wonder Untold is Bright and Bold

I have been sick lately and haven't written a riddle in probably a week or longer. I came up with a riddle this morning while adding more detail to the acrostic tag wiki (though the edit still needs ...
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### The puzzled wife

A lengthy question Once, a woman was getting ready to have a look at three suitors who had come to extend their wishes of marriage "A," "B" and "C." When she was getting ready, a poisonous snake bit ...
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### 4824 Draw an award 4284

After you finished the last one with a ceasar cipher: [ Definitely not suspicious ] I realize that you guys cannot be distracted. So, I will tell you the answer, right here. $Phew!$ While everyone'...
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### $6$ is prime? Another Grandpa Mystery (not made by @DEEM, this time)

Inspired by @DEEM's Grandpa Mystery puzzles (e.g. here and here). Be sure to check them out! Now we all know that Grandpa is a genius... but sometimes he says the most absurd things! Today he told ...
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### Puzzle #5: As Hard as ABC

A piece of paper was found in a kindergarten classroom trash can. On the paper there is a list of letters. It is pretty obvious what the task was when you notice what the paper says. A B C D _ It's ...
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### When at first you don't succede try and Try again

Sherlock had just arrived to work one day when he happened to overhear a conversation between some coworkers on the way in. The conversation went like this: Bob: Did you hear they just came back ...
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### How Ssimple is Thisss?

Read following passage... Beginning sstory: There wass a ssound. Maybe a ssnake? ...
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### A quick rebus puzzle

This riddle depends on the colour of the pictures. So it is not friendly for colourblind people. All inconveniences are regretted A simple one this time. No hidden meaning or clues. Let's see how ...
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### Simple Math Problem #3

Previous Puzzles(Not linked to this one): Simple Math Problem #1 and Simple Math Problem #2 Prove the equation: $-6439832+ = 9$ $-$ and $+$ are there just to tell that you can use only these two ...
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### The answer should be in the form of a question, like jeopardy but with a bit more ~fantasy~

The answer to the first is not bad or inferior. The answer to the second is not noise or agitation. The answer to the third is not evil or corruption. The answer to the fourth is not ...
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### A fatso racist and a skinny racist jump off a cliff. Who wins? [closed]

A fatso racist and a skinny racist jump off a cliff. Who wins? Rhymes from a place where dreamers can express their dreams with verse, ...I was afraid to start writing.... ...hearing them is one ...
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### Who is Pete's favourite composer?

Pete had a conversation with his shy friend Dave from his old concert band "Plain Inspiration" Pete: Do you like classics? Dave: Absolutely! ... Pete: Is there any chance you would ...