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  • Lateral Thinking Puzzles
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  • The term 'lateral thinking' was coined by Edward de Bono to denote a problem-solving style that involves looking at the given situation from unexpected angles. Sometimes a problem seems difficult or insoluble because our assumptions about it are wrong.
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  • Lateral Thinking Puzzles The Surgeon... A father and his son are involved in a car accident, as a result of which the father is very badly injured and his son is rushed to hospital for emergency surgery. However, the surgeon takes one look at the boy and says "I cannot operate on him". When asked why, the surgeon replies "Because he's my son...". How could this be the case? Answer: The surgeon is the boy's mother...
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  • Edward De Bono's Six Thinking Hats Blue Hat Thinking: Managing the thinking White Hat Thinking: Just the facts Green Hat Thinking: Creativity. Ideas. Possibilities Yellow Hat Thinking: Benefits. Pluses Black Hat Thinking: Difficulties. Problems Red Hat Thinking: Feelings. Gut Instinct. Intuition
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  • Lateral Thinking Puzzles Mr. Comm GOAL
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  • Puzzle # 1 Bottleneck Put a coin in a bottle and then stop the opening with a cork. How can you get the coin out of the bottle without pulling out the cork or breaking the bottle? Push the cork into the bottle, and shake the coin out.
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  • Puzzle # 2 Can You Explain? Question: A girl who was just learning to drive went down a one-way street in the wrong direction, but didn't break the law. How come? She was walking the wrong way.
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  • Puzzle # 3 Can You Explain? Question: How can you throw a ball as hard as you can and have it come back to you, even if it doesn't hit anything, there is nothing attached to it, and no one else catches or throws it? Answer: Throw the ball straight up in the air.
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  • Puzzle # 4 Can You Explain? Question: Two students are sitting on opposite sides of the same desk. There is nothing in between them but the desk. Why can't they see each other? Answer: The two students have their backs to each other.
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  • Puzzle # 5 Can You Explain? Question: There are only two T's in Timothy Tuttle. True or false? Answer: True. There are only two T's (upper case). There are also three t's (lower case).
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  • Puzzle # 6 Coast to Coast Train A and train B are crossing the country, from coast to coast, over 3,000 miles of railroad track. Train A is going from east to west at 80 miles per hour, and Train B is going from west to east at 90 miles per hour. Which train will be closer to the west coast when they meet? (Hint: You dont have to do any math to get the answer. Just use your head!)
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  • Puzzle # 6 Answer: When the trains meet, they will be at exactly the same point. Therefore, they will each be the same distance from the west coast.
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  • Puzzle # 7 Crossing the River Jake was standing on one side of the river, and his dog Scruffy was standing on the other side. "Come on Scruffy, come, boy!" shouted Jake. Scruffy crossed the river, ran to Jake, and got a treat for being a good dog. The amazing thing was that Scruffy didn't even get wet! How did Scruffy do that?
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  • Puzzle # 7 Possible Answers: The river was frozen. There was a bridge over the river, and Scruffy crossed the bridge.
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  • Puzzle # 8 Digging Dirt: Question: How much dirt is in a round hole that is 9 feet deep with a diameter of 3 feet? (Hint: You dont have to do any math to get the answer. Just use your head!) Answer: None. You make a hole by digging out the dirt, so the hole is empty.
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  • Puzzle # 9 Getting Younger? In the year 1201, a woman was 35 years old. In the year 1206, the same woman was 30. How is this possible? Answer: The dates are B.C. rather than A.D.
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  • Puzzle # 9 Getting Younger? In the year 1201, a woman was 35 years old. In the year 1206, the same woman was 30. How is this possible? Answer: The dates are B.C. rather than A.D. 30 YRS OLD 35 YRS OLD BC AD 1206 1201 0 1201 1206
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  • Puzzle # 10 Home: Regina left home one afternoon. She turned to the right and started running straight ahead. Then she turned to her left, ran, turned to her left again, ran, turned to her left one more time, and ran even faster. She headed for home. Then she saw a masked boy waiting for her. Who was he? Answer: The masked boy was the catcher. Regina played on a coed baseball team.
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  • Puzzle # 11 Name the Dog: Once a dog named Nelly lived on a farm. There were three other dogs on the farm. Their names were Blackie, Whitey, and Brownie. What do you think the fourth dogs name was? Answer: Nelly. (If there are only four dogs on the farm, the fourth one must be Nelly!)
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  • Puzzle # 12 New Shoes: One day, two mothers and two daughters went shopping for shoes. Their shopping spree was successful each bought a pair of shoes, and all together, they had three pairs. How is this possible? Answer: Only three people went shopping: a grandmother, a mother, and a daughter but remember that the mother was the grandmother's daughter!
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  • Puzzle # 13 One for Each: You have a bag with four candy bars in it. You promised to give each of your three friends a candy bar, and you want one for yourself. How can you accomplish this, and still have one candy bar left in the bag? Answer: Take a candy bar for yourself. Then take out two more and give them to two of your friends. Give your third friend the bag with the third candy bar still in it. Or, give each friend a candy bar and keep the candy bar in the bag for yourself.
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  • Puzzle # 14 Outsmarting the Donkey: Amir tied two sacks of salt to the back of his donkey and headed for the market to sell the salt. On the way, Amir and the donkey passed a stream. The donkey jumped in to cool himself. As a result, much of the salt dissolved into the water, ruining the salt for Amir but improving matters for the donkey because his load became much lighter. Amir tried to get to the market on the following days, but the donkey always ruined the salt. Finally, Amir decided to teach the donkey a lesson. He once again set out with the donkey and the two sacks. What did Amir do differently this time so that after that day the donkey stopped taking a swim?
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  • Puzzle # 14 Answer: Amir loaded the sacks not with salt but with sand. When the donkey jumped in the stream and got the sacks wet, they became much heavier.
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  • Puzzle # 15 The Last Three: Each letter below stands for the name of something. What should the last three letters be? M V E M J S ? ? ? Answer: U for Uranus, N for Neptune, and P for Pluto
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  • Puzzle # 16 Regular or Diet? One teenager goes up to a food booth at a fair and says, "A cola, please." The man working the booth asks, "Regular or diet?" The teenager asks, "What's the difference?" and is told that the regular costs 90 cents but that the diet soda costs $1. The teenager says, "Give me a diet cola, please" and places a dollar on the counter. Next, another teenager comes up to the booth and says, "A cola, please," placing a dollar on the counter. The man in the booth gives him a diet cola. How did the man in the booth know which soda-regular or diet-the second teenager wanted?
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  • Puzzle # 16 Answer: The second teenager put a dollar in change on the counter: 2 quarters and 5 dimes. If the teenager had wanted a regular cola, he would have put only 2 quarters and 4 dimes on the counter.
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  • Puzzle # 17 Rising Tide: The rope ladder of a boat hangs over the side of the boat and just reaches the water. Its rungs are 8 inches apart. How many rungs will be under the water when the tide rises 4 feet? Answer: When the tide rises 4 feet, the boat and its ladder will also rise. So no rungs will be under the water.
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  • Puzzle # 18 Time to Tell: A sundial is said to be the timepiece with the fewest moving parts. What is the timepiece with the most moving parts? Answer: An hourglassfilled with many grains of sand or other granular material.
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  • Puzzle # 19 Ups and Downs: A man lives on the twelfth floor of an apartment building. Every morning he takes the elevator down to the lobby and leaves the building. In the evening, he gets into the elevator, and, if there is someone else in the elevator -- or if it was raining that day -- he goes back to his floor directly. Otherwise, he goes to the tenth floor and walks up two flights of stairs to his apartment.
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  • Puzzle # 19 Answer: The man is a dwarf. He can't reach the upper elevator buttons, but he can ask people to push them for him. He can also push them with his umbrella.
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  • Puzzle # 20 Explain Joes Actions: Joe, wearing a mask and carrying an empty sack, leaves his hous