Brain Teasers--Lateral thinking puzzles

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  1. Hardik

    Hardik .:.:.:BoRn TaLenT:.:.:.

    ok ppl........these are some i had collected while researchin on my presentation on lateral thinking.....start cracking ur brains.... ;)

    1. One day Kerry celebrated her birthday. Two days later her older twin brother, Terry, celebrated his birthday. How come?

    2. Deep in the forest was found the body of a man who was wearing only swimming trunks, snorkel and face mask. The nearest lake was 8 miles away and the sea was 100 miles away. How had he died?

    3. A blind beggar had a brother who died. What relation was the blind beggar to the brother who died? (Brother is not the answer).

    4. 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?

    5. Several truck drivers at a roadside cafe started to play poker. The pot was large and the game was serious. Suddenly one of the men accused the dealer of cheating. The dealer drew a knife and, in plain view of all the others, stabbed the man and killed him. The police were called and they interviewed everyone who had been present. But no man was arrested or charged with any offense. Why not?

    6. A man was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Both his parents were born in Boston, Massachusetts. He lived all his life in Boston but he was not a United States citizen. How come?

    7. Why is it better to have round manhole covers than square ones?

    8. John and David were brothers. John married Jane. David married Diana. The strange thing was, John and Diana shared the same wedding anniversary. David's wedding anniversary was one month before this date and Jane's was one month after it. None of them had ever been divorced or remarried.What was going on here?

    9. A truck became wedged under a low bridge. It could not move forward or backward without severely damaging its roof. The truck driver was perplexed until the little girl standing nearby suggested an easy solution. What was it?

    10. A man rode into town on Friday. He stayed for three nights and then left on Friday. How come?

    11. 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?

    12. When Archduke Ferdinand was shot, in 1914, his attendants could not undo his coat to stem his bleeding wound. Why not?

    13. During WWII, why did German soldiers have to shoot the dogs they had carefully trained?

    14. Anthony and Cleopatra are lying dead on the floor of a villa in Egypt. Nearby is broken glass. There is no mark on either of their bodies and they were not poisoned. How did they die?

    15. A man lives on the tenth floor of a building. Every day, he takes the elevator to the first floor to go shopping. When he returns, he always takes the elevator to the seventh floor and walks the rest of the fight of stairs to his apartment in the tenth floor. Why does he do this?

    16. One night during the Second World War, an allied bomber was on a mission over Germany. The plane was in perfect condition and everything on it worked properly. When it had reached its target, the pilot ordered the bomb doors open. They opened. He then ordered the bombs released. The were released. But the bombs did not fall from the plane. Why should this be so?

    17. Five pieces of coal, a carrot, and a scarf are lying on the lawn. Nobody put them on the lawn, but there is a perfectly logical reason for them being there. What is it?

    18. There were two Americans waiting at the entrance to the British Museum. One of them was the father of the other one's son. How could this be so?

    19. Not far from Madrid, there is a large wooden barn. The barn is completely empty except for a dead man hanging from the central rafter. The rope around his neck is ten feet long and his feet are three feet from the ground. The nearest wall is 20 feet away. It is not possible to climb up the walls or along rafters, yet he hanged himself. How did he manage it?

    20. What happened in the second half of the 20th century and will not happen again for another 4000 years?

    21. Why did an old lady always answer the door wearing her hat and coat?

    22. Many more children are involved as pedestrians in road accidents than might be expected from their numbers and road use. An expert on road accidents has put forward an ingenious theory to account for this. What do you think the theory might be?

    23. Two drivers drove slowly and safely in the correct direction down a wide road before coming to a stop in front of a red stop light. A nearby police officer immediately arrested one of the drivers and let the other one driver off. The police officer had never seen or heard either driver before. Neither driver had a criminal record. They were both fully dressed and no one had been drinking. Both cars were in excellent roadworthy condition and had not been stolen. The arrested driver was charged and convicted. Of what?

    24. A man locks his keys inside his car and is unable to get them out despite trying for an hour. A police officer comes along and offers to help. He discovers that the back door of the car is unlocked and he consequently recovers the keys. The man thanks him, but when the officer departs the man locks the back door, leaving the keys inside. Why?

    25. A man wanted to construct an important building and he received tenders from a hundred builders, who each presented their qualifications and claimed to be the best builder around. How did he chose between them?

    26. A very unlucky gambler had lost all his money . His friends organized a raffle, rigged so he would be sure to win. Knowing the ticket number he held, they filled a hat with tickets bearing the same number. The asked him to draw the winning number. "Well," they asked him, "who won?" "Not me, anyway," he replied sadly. What had happened?

    27. 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?

    28.This is an unusual paragraph. I'm curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out.

    29. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday? (or day names in any other language)

    30. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?

    31. There are two plastic jugs filled with water. How could you put all of this water into a barrel, without using the jugs or any dividers, and still tell which water came from which jug?

    32. A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over 5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But 5 minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be?

    33. 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, and the third is full of lions that haven't eaten in 3 years. Which room is safest for him?

    34.A man died and went to Heaven. There were thousands of other people there. They were all naked and all looked as they did at the age of 21. He looked around to see if there was anyone he recognized. He saw a couple and he knew immediately that they were Adam and Eve. How did he know?

    35.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.

    PS: No GOOGLING...lets see how smart u are.. :p:
  2. mr singh

    mr singh New Member

    the answers 2 sum of these r in the other post
  3. UjSen

    UjSen *#!EVIL*!!

    29. mon,tues ,wed:eek::
  4. UjSen

    UjSen *#!EVIL*!!

    Am perplexed dude!!H.E.L.P!!!!!!!!!
  5. mr singh

    mr singh New Member

    anthony and cleopatra r fishes in a bowl who had their bowl knocked over by a lil kid whos run away
  6. guns_n_gore

    guns_n_gore hell raiser

    11. one was born on 31 dec and the other 1 jan
  7. guns_n_gore

    guns_n_gore hell raiser

    25 but he wanted an desingner or architect
  8. mr singh

    mr singh New Member

    guns dude ur rong... they were born in the same year
    the first question is messed up... how can sumone who is born two days later b older????
  9. guns_n_gore

    guns_n_gore hell raiser

    35. he might have said that i have a head ache give me sardard ki goli
  10. guns_n_gore

    guns_n_gore hell raiser

    one was born on 11:59 and the other on 12:01
  11. guns_n_gore

    guns_n_gore hell raiser

    29 it has no E in it
  12. guns_n_gore

    guns_n_gore hell raiser

    1 the leap year thing in feb month
  13. Hardik

    Hardik .:.:.:BoRn TaLenT:.:.:.

    i know...but i din want so sort them out again...i am lazy u know... :p:
  14. guns_n_gore

    guns_n_gore hell raiser

    :cool: rep me guyz :cool:
  15. Hardik

    Hardik .:.:.:BoRn TaLenT:.:.:.

    this is the only correct ans u have given....and its the ans of 28..
  16. mr singh

    mr singh New Member

    the first question must also have sumthing to do with the leap day thing on 28th feb
  17. Hardik

    Hardik .:.:.:BoRn TaLenT:.:.:.

    no it isnt messed up.....heres the ans:

    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..
  18. mr singh

    mr singh New Member

    ok the last one... the man has hiccups, the gun is drawn 2 shock him so he loses his hiccups and the guy no longer needs water... (this cud b explained waaayyy better, but there u go)
  19. mr singh

    mr singh New Member

    ok i got 1...
    A man was walking downstairs in a building when he suddenly realized that his wife had just died. How?
  20. Hardik

    Hardik .:.:.:BoRn TaLenT:.:.:.

    ^^i said no googling.....and 1st ans my questions...:p:
    here's ur ans....its no fun if you find all answers like that...

    The man had visited his wife in hospital. She was on a life-support machine. As he was walking down the stairs all the lights went out. There had been a power cut and the emergency back-up systems had failed. He knew that she had died.

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