Lateral thinking puzzles are strange situations in which you are given a little information and then have to find the explanation. If you get more than 50% of these right you’re certainly strong on your lateral thinking puzzles skills(or maybe you’re just good at puzzles!)
A woman had two sons who were born on the same hour of the same day of the same year. But they were not twins. How could this be so?
Solution: They were two of a set of triplets (or quadruplets etc.) This simple little puzzle stumps many people. They try outlandish solutions involving test-tube babies or surrogate mothers. Why does the brain search for complex solutions when there is a much simpler one available?
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 has claims to be the best of the genre. 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.
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.
You are given a cake, one of its corner is broken. How will you cut the rest into two equal parts?
Slice the cake.
A man is lying dead in a field. Next to him there is an unopened package. There is no other creature in the field. How did he die?
Solution: The man had jumped from a plane but his parachute had failed to open. It is the unopened package.
One day Kerry celebrated her birthday. Two days later her older twin brother, Terry, celebrated his birthday. How come?
Solution: At the time she went into labor, the mother of the twins was travelling by boat. The older twin, Terry, was born first early on March 1st. The boat then crossed the International Date line (or any time zone line) and Kerry, the younger twin, was born on February the 28th. In a leap year the younger twin celebrates her birthday two days before her older brother.
A blind beggar had a brother who died. What relation was the blind beggar to the brother who died? (Brother is not the answer).
Solution: The blind beggar was the sister of her brother who died.
Two men went into a restaurant. They both ordered the same dish from the menu. After they tasted it, one of the men went outside the restaurant and shot himself. Why?
Solution: The dish that the two men ordered was albatross. They had been stranded many years earlier on a desert island. When the man tasted albatross he realized that he had never tasted it before. This meant that the meat he had been given on the island was not albatross as he had been told. He correctly deduced that he had eaten the flesh of his son who had died when they first reached the island.
If one tyre of a car suddenly gets stolen. and after sometime you find the tyre without the screws how will you make your journey complete?
Solution: Open 3 screws, 1 from each tyre and fix the tyre.
A man rode into town on Friday. He stayed for three nights and then left on Friday. How come?
Solution: The man’s horse was called Friday.
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?
Solution: 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.