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Driverless car Puzzle

2 self driving vehicles are being tested. Both vehicles are exactly the same. Both are fitted with a camera on the Dashboard, although in car A it is a slightly older model and is 1 kg heavier than in ...
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How do I find the least number of times a shuttle can travel from one place to another?

I often see this situation in exams and I'd like to know if there is any kind of algorithm or shortcut that I can use to solve this riddle instead of just guessing or trying to play Where's wally with ...
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How did the hit man miss?

Harry the hit man is hired to whack Vic the victim. Vic lives in the apartment complex illustrated below, and Vic parks overnight in the circled parking spot, and always leaves for work around 8am. At ...
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Ball-passing game with a surprise ending

You are organizing the following game: Requirements: Participants: About 15 players. You are Player 1, and the other 14 players have (preferably) no prior knowledge of the game. ...
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The Strange Abductor

Someone, or something, has been abducting members of your community! Though no deaths are reported, recovered victims are said to have suffered from a severe, albeit temporary, case of what could best ...
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Why did the lady die?

There was an IQ test created by Random Person. A contestant attempts to answer all the questions but fails the last one. Here goes the conversation: Random Person: You have 500 bricks in the plane. ...
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Prison Riddle: How do they escape? [closed]

Two prisoners are locked in a dirt floor cell with nothing but a mattress, a frame, and a stolen spoon. There is a small, bar less window high on the wall, but they can not get to it. First, they try ...
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The case of the pranking snowplow

It’s circa 1990, and there is a big snowfall in Some City, USA. The mayor has left his car parked in a public parking lot, and the next morning, he discovers that the lot has been plowed, but the ...
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Two men on a road

Two men are on the side of a long, straight road that runs east to west, waiting for a tow truck. They stand facing opposite directions, one east, one west, in order to scan the road. "Stop making ...
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The Secret Club

Since I was a kid, nobody wanted me in their super-exclusive clubs... the "House in the Tree Club"... the "Girls Only Club"... the "Whatever you are NOT Club"... but now that I am a skilled (and a bit ...
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Half filled water bottle

If you are given a marker and a transparent water bottle partially filled with water, can you tell if the bottle is half filled or not?
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A balloon and a vacuum

You have a metal water bottle entirely filled with a vacuum and you have a rubber party balloon (lets make it red). How can you use only the bottle to inflate the balloon with the air surrounding you. ...
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How could an angel have written an essay about today's weather that's perfect, but they also could've done better? [closed]

Here is a short puzzle story that I created. People on other forums seem to not understand it for some reason, but everyone I spoke to in real life understood it. But no one I knew so far got it right ...
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Sun setting in East! [closed]

It was a bright and sunny day during April- May(can say, peak of summer) in a country in the northern hemisphere, near to the equator. I was wandering(on foot) through this country's vast and open ...
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Which household object drew this pattern?

In my home is a common household object. I securely attached a marking pen to some point on the household object, and I placed a sheet of graph paper next to the pen, so the paper would not move. I ...
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Natural Pattern [closed]

Once, while I was traveling on a vehicle in the Caribbean, I watched a pattern form over the course of about 30 minutes. The rendering below is an approximation of that pattern from memory. The gray ...
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Get to the guest chair without turning your back on the host or the audience [closed]

On many TV talk shows, the guest enters the stage from the right side (from the audience’s perspective), walks past the front of the host’s desk, then turns around just before sitting in the guest ...
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No Shirt, No Shoes, Service [closed]

I was walking outside on a hot summer day, when I suddenly got hungry and walked to a restaurant to eat. I tried to go in, but I was rebuffed at the door. The server pointed to a sign outside that ...
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Tricky Tropical Water Temperatures

Herman lives in a house on the Caribbean island of Kinja, where the weather is warm all year. Let’s assume all Kinjan houses are of similar construction, and no houses have a water heating system. ...
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Mysterious loss revamped

This is a revamped version of my puzzle Mysterious loss of weight . I plan to make a series of puzzles on mysterious loss of ... say a number. A man went into a black room full of white papers lying ...
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Three Subway Escalators

This is not my puzzle, and I don't remember the source, but I don't see it posted here yet, so... Update: After reading some of the alternative answers, I realize this puzzle would be better with an ...
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Off roading in a desert [closed]

You’re off-road, in the desert, driving an all-terrain vehicle. You’re $10$ miles off the straight highway, and your destination is $100$ miles ahead, also $10$ miles off the straight highway. You can ...
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Why do I always catch Bus B instead of Bus A?

Each day, I will catch either Bus A or Bus B on my journey home from work. Both take the same route, run every ten minutes, and take the same time to reach my destination. Neither is busier, cheaper ...
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How did the prisoner escape from the police car?

The police handcuff a prisoner, place him in the back seat of a four-door sedan police car, and close all the doors. The controls in the back seat are disabled so the prisoner cannot use the inside ...
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Through the Looking-Glass

Two friends are discussing concepts for a new fantasy story: A: There exists a magical mirror that leads to a mirrored universe. In this universe, people drive on the left side of the road, and you ...
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Lying under arrest

I'm in a custody, under arrest, no contact with the outside world. I do not know if in that jurisdiction authorities are allowed to lie. Some real-world knowledge suggest lying by authorities is ...
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Everyone knows bullets are magnetically pulled to anyone who's about to retire

Decided to try a little writing with this puzzle, so forgive the bit of extra length. Hopefully the story is entertaining enough to forgive a tiny bit of extra length ;) "Alex is almost three, and ...
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I’ve officially counted to infinity! [closed]

Sarah called me today and explained that she had counted to infinity. I shrugged and said it was impossible. She said that since I didn’t believe her, she would do it again, and this time in only ten ...
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One-one communication

5 people are standing in a circle - person A needs to tell his salary to person B, but none of the others should know A's salary. How is this possible, if every person only whispers to the person on ...
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A case of the sniffles

The cubicle farm at the Colla-R water treatment plant is laid out in a neat square: eight rows of eight cubicles with a narrow corridor between each cubicle (in the diagram the thin black lines are ...
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Why is my question off-topic? [dupIicate] [closed]

⠀⠀⠀￰⠀⠀⠀I have an old puzzle I half-remember. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀It was a great puzzle, and I remember the solution. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I could not for the life of me remember how the solution worked. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I must have been ...
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Marching Puzzle [duplicate]

Here is another puzzle: The year is 1895 and subaltern Henry Faversham, of the British army, is being interviewed by Maude Muckraker for the Independent London Times. It looks as if Maude is having ...
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The weather forecast

Justin was watching a radio. Just after the midnight news there was a weather forecast: "It is raining now and will rain for the next two days. However, in 72 hours it will be bright and sunny." "...
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How does the boy retrieve his ball?

A boy was playing with his bouncy ball in the forest, far from home and with no one around. Suddenly and without warning, his bouncy ball fell into a cement hole, about 1 foot down, and too tight for ...
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What relation is she to Bill?

Bill asked his brother’s wife’s mother-in-law’s only husband’s only daughter to join him and his wife for dinner. What relation is she to Bill?
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A man is trapped in a cage and wants to escape but doesn't, even when given the keys. Why? [closed]

Note: I have invented this puzzle myself as far as I know. I'm certainly not aware of having read it anywhere else. I have no idea whether it will be hard or easy. A man is imprisoned in a strong ...
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Burning Island - how to survive the fire? [closed]

A man is stranded on an island covered in forest. There are no other humans or animals, he is the only one who lives on the island. One day, when the wind is blowing from the west, lightning ...
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How to make both batsmen centuries in cricket match?

This puzzle asked me to in the interview. In a Cricket match, Two batsmen are on 92(on strike) and 99 runs respectively. Three balls remaining and both batsmen make 100 and win the match. Note: ...
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What was in the dead person's bag? [duplicate]

There are two people—they went to the city, and one of them died. The dead person's bag is closed and the living person's bag is open. What was in the dead person's bag?
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A Strange Way to Purchase [closed]

A person asks for an item or service, and is told that if they want 2, it'll be free and it would be much faster. The person did not have any medical disorder, nor were they asking for a task to be ...
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Fire, guns or lions? [closed]

A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires. The second is full of assassins with loaded guns. The third is full of lions that ...
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12answers
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Is it always possible to balance a 4-legged table?

A perfectly symmetrical small 4-legged table is standing in a large room with a continuous but uneven floor. Is it always possible to position the table in such a way that it doesn't wobble, i.e. all ...
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Mysterious Trams

I ride a tram six stops to work. I don't worry about the time or check a clock: I just go to work when I'm ready to go, and go home when I'm done for the day. Never at set times. Each tram line ...
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All hail the Victor

Victor Vauxhall set off in his Vauxhall Victor to drive from Vauxhall to Victoria in London. He drove at a constant velocity of 30mph. There was no other traffic on the roads at that time, however ...
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Half of a Hot Plate

You walk into physics class with your friends, and your teacher is already there. She's left what looks like a large, thick, plate out by an old-fashioned coal heater (for some reason, your school has ...
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Stranded on a deserted Island

Mary Jane is stranded on a deserted island in the middle of a huge and deep lake. She cannot swim and all she has is two strings, each one one foot long. All of the boats she would be able to use are ...
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Another Sensational Crime Fiction?

William Herschel III, heir to the Herschel Paper Company, is dead. His body was found in fishing gear, discovered near the family estate's lake by his Labrador. Police immediately suspected foul play. ...
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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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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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A Bunch of Rocks

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. "Mind passing me the salt & pepper please Rick?" Jean leaned on the table asking the man in black suit sitting opposite her. "I ...