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Lateral thinking puzzles.

  1. Feb 2, 2007 #1
    OK I'm a big fan of lateral thinking puzzles, logic puzzes are great for testing those little grey cells and I thoroughlly enjoy them too, but when you want to get:confused: and a little of the beaten track: lateral is the way to go, so I found some. Have fun...:smile:

    Ok these aren't that hard, but feel free to post answers and some real tough ones.

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  3. Feb 2, 2007 #2


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    For 16, I'd say Jenny had only one pet - a gerbil.

    For 14, he just has to ask, "Which fork do I take to get to your town?" Regardless of which girl it is, she'll point to Trueville.

    Why did stores start charging odd prices like $9.95?
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    I'd have thought she had one cat and one dog.
  5. Feb 2, 2007 #4
    2: She was walking?
    6: They would be the same distance from the west coast
    7: No water in the river?
    8: Since it is a hole there should be no, or very little, dirt left in it.
    9: As many times as you want.
    10: Nelly
    11: One of the mothers is the daughter of the other mother.
    12: 7 rungs under the water
    15: The barber with the bad haircut. Since the other barber must have given him that bad cut.
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  6. Feb 2, 2007 #5


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    I'd say only once because once you've subtracted it from 32 you get a different number (i.e. 30).
  7. Feb 2, 2007 #6
    2: she isnt driving
    3: throw it upward
    4: they are blind? have blindfolds?
  8. Feb 2, 2007 #7
    Ahh yes, I think you are correct.

    5: True. Capital T's, not lower case?
  9. Feb 2, 2007 #8
    7: walked over a bridge?
    8: none, its a hole
    9: only once (agree with Kurdt)
    11: maybe two of them onlyhave one leg?
    12: none, the boat rises aswell
    13: dindt go past the stream?
    16: one dog and one cat
  10. Feb 2, 2007 #9
    Looks like I was wrong again :grumpy:
  11. Feb 2, 2007 #10
    2: she might also be reversing??
  12. Feb 3, 2007 #11

    What about a bridge?

    Once you can only take 2 from 32 once.

    4 think about it :smile:


    4 also if they had their backs to each other or were asleep etc etc etc.

    Correct for no 16


    Because fools think $9.99 isn't $10 and $9.95 isn't $9.99 isn't $10 :smile:

    These ones are easy enough once you think about it.


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    13- Filled the sack with something besides salt, like clothes, so the sacks would become much heavier?
    14- He could ask her if she was a girl, then ask which way.
  14. Feb 3, 2007 #13
    Both correct although not the original answers, but this is lateral not logical; sand, clothes anything that would make the sack heavier :smile:

    What about the other one, about the man who lives on the 12th floor, it's a tough one.
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    The tower block one is an oldie. The guy is a dwarf (or very short) so can't reach the button without an umbrella or assistance from anyone else.
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    Am I batting 1000?
  17. Feb 3, 2007 #16


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    1. Push the cork in, then take out the coin.
    2. She wasn't driving at the time.
    3. Throw it up.
    4. They're blind, or the lights are off, or their eyes are closed, etc.
    5. True, there are only two capital T's.
    6. The one that started from the west.
    7. The river was frozen.
    8. There is no dirt in a hole.
    9. Once? (Any subsequent subtraction of 2 is of another number, e.g. of 30)
    10. Brownie
    11. The "middle" woman was the daughter of the oldest woman and the mother of the youngest.
    12. All of them: as the water rises, so does the boat, and thus so does the ladder.
    13. He put empty buckets on the donkey that would fill with water and increase the load after the donkey gets out of the water.
    14. Ask "Which way do I go to get to your town?" and go whichever way he's directed.
    15. The East Street barbershop, because the barber from West Street must get his hair cut at the East Street shop, and his hair looks better.
    16. 1 cat, 1 dog.
  18. Feb 4, 2007 #17
    hahaha 15 is easy.the dude with the good hair cant hav cut it himself, it must hav been the guy with the bad hair (whos hair is cut by the good looking dude)
  19. Feb 4, 2007 #18
    Lateral thinking but also cheating :smile:

    Try this one without using the internet :smile: minimum information lateral puzzle.
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  20. Feb 5, 2007 #19
    1. Use a Klein bottle.
    2. It was in a ghost town.
    3. Be too weak to throw far.
    4. There is none so blind as one who will not see.
    5. False. His middle name is Thomas.
    6. Train A. Train B was vaporized in the collision.
    7. He already was wet.
    8. 3 trillion tons. It's a black hole.
    9. Infinitely many times. 32 - 2 = 30, 32 - 2 = 30, 32 - 2 = 30, ...
    10. Brownie.
    11. They were communists.
    12. Three. The boat has a gaping hole in it and does not rise with the tide.
    13. He filled the river bed with salt.
    14. Why don't you hop in my Lambourghini and I'll treat you to a shopping spree at the Neimann-Marcus in Truesville?
    15. He goes to a beauty parlor because he is fay.
    16. Jenny is a man who has a single pet, a female cat. Jenny's cat has a pet dog and several pet cats.
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  21. Feb 5, 2007 #20

    Mostly correct but the boat doesn't have a gaping hole as it would have sank already so the question would be redundent, the train doesn't colide and black holes aren't found in your garden nor I'm fairly sure do they contain much dirt or 3 trillion tonnes of it generally although there are some exceptions I suspect? :smile:

    Barber B is secretly a woman trapped in a mans body; is the best answer, so "he" traipses 56 miles into the city to have "his" hair done for $50 and a cup of coffee instead of $10 and a conversation about todays youth. Answer is both barbers are ok. the bad haircut barber cuts his own hair. The man should chose either, although barber B will probably brush up against his leg for a cheap thrill(he has been jailed for this before) He's running his shop to pay for gender reassignment.

    Answer to 1 is there is no bottle. :smile:

    Or, don't put bloody coins in bottles and then cork them, or if you do take the bloody thing out. Not allowed to pull the cork/ nazzis :grumpy::wink:. Get a big hammer smash it into shards take the coin and go buy your self a bag of peanuts or something.

    Better still melt the bottle and then take the coin out when it's liquid. Then refashion a new bottle from the glass.:smile:
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  22. Feb 5, 2007 #21
    Actually, this won't work on a cute little technicality.

    If you asked: "which is the direction to your town?", a liar would point to trueville, and a truth-teller would also point to trueville.

    However, since you asked "If I asked you the direction to your town ...", the TRUTH is that the liar would point to trueville, so, since the liar lies, the liar would INSTEAD point to lieville.

  23. Feb 7, 2007 #22
    Hand the bottle with the coin in it to the first person you see and say: "You can keep the coin if you take it out of the bottle for me." :rolleyes:
  24. Feb 15, 2007 #23
    Anyone want to have a stab at this one??
  25. Feb 15, 2007 #24


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    Actually the practice started about the same time that cash registers started recording transactions. If the prices were an even amount like $5, the clerk could slip the five in their pocket with no one the wiser. If the clerk has to make change for the customer, then the clerk has to enter the transaction in order to get access to the cash drawer and the amount of money in the register had better match the transactions that took place.

    The clerk could enter the wrong price, but that gets ugly if the customer sees one amount on the register but has to pay something different. There's other ways to game the system, but it gets more difficult all the time - such as the difficulty you can run into when you want change from a store clerk, but don't want to buy anything.
  26. Feb 15, 2007 #25


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    No, if a grandmother, mother, and daughter were shopping together, that would be two mothers and three daughters, at least one of whom went shopping without her mother. I guess all three could be unrelated to each other and all of them were shopping without their mother, but, for that matter, you can't be sure the daughter wasn't also a mother that happened to be shopping without her daughter.
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