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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 10:11 am Reply with quoteBack to top

1. There is a man who lives on the top floor of a very tall building. Everyday he gets the elevator down to the ground floor to leave the building to go to work. Upon returning from work though, he can only travel half way up in the lift and has to walk the rest of the way
unless it's raining! Why? (This is probably the best known and most celebrated of all lateral thinking puzzles. It is a true classic.Although there are many possible solutions which fit the initialconditions, only the canonical answer is truly satisfying. )



2. A man and his son are in a car accident. The father dies on the scene, but the child is rushed to the hospital. When he arrives the surgeon says, "I can't operate on this boy, he is my son! " How can this be?



3. A man is wearing black. Black shoes, socks, trousers, lumper, gloves and balaclava. He is walking down a black street with all the street lamps off. A black car is coming towards him with its light off but somehow manages to stop in time. How did the driver see the man?


4. Why is it better to have round manhole covers than square ones? This is logical rather than lateral, but it is a good puzzle that can be solved by lateral thinking techniques. It is supposedly used by a very well-known software company as an interview question for prospective
employees.



5. A man went to a party and drank some of the punch. He then left early. Everyone else at the party who drank the punch subsequently died of poisoning. Why did the man not die?




6. A man walks into a bar and asks the barman for a glass of water. The barman pulls out a gun and points it at the man. The man says 'Thank you' and walks out. (This puzzle claims to be the best of the genre .It is simple in its! statement, absolutely baffling and yet with a completely satisfying solution. Most people struggle very hard to solve this one yet they like the answer when they hear it or have the satisfaction of figuring it out. )



SOLUTIONS..........Are.....



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1. The man is very, very short and can only reach halfway up the

elevator buttons. However, if it is raining then he will have his

umbrella with him and can press the higher buttons with it.

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2. The surgeon was his mother.

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3. It was day time.

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4. A square manhole cover can be turned and dropped down the diagonal of

the manhole. A round manhole cannot be dropped down the manhole. So for

safety and practicality, all manhole covers should be round.

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5. The poison in the punch came from the ice cubes. When the man drank

the punch, the ice was fully frozen. Gradually it melted, poisoning the

punch.

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6. The man had hiccups. The barman recognized this from his speech and

drew the gun in order to give him a shock. It worked and cured the

hiccups - so the man no longer needed the water.




Success comes to the one who works without any Despair
Give your mind a break from its routine---you never know what other
problems you may solve in the process!
- Don Coppersmith

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