Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Lateral thinking puzzels

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 thebuilding to go to work. Upon returning from work though, he can onlytravel half way up in the lift and has to walk the rest of the wayunless it's raining! Why?

Solution : The man is very, very short and can only reach halfway up theelevator buttons. However, if it is raining then he will have hisumbrella with him and can press the higher buttons with it.
2. A man and his son are in a car accident. The father dies on thescene, but the child is rushed to the hospital. When he arrives thesurgeon says, "I can't operate on this boy, he is my son! " How can this be?

Solution. The surgeon was his mother.
3. A man is wearing black. Black shoes, socks, trousers, lumper, glovesand balaclava. He is walking down a black street with all the streetlamps off.A black car is coming towards him with its light off but somehow managesto stop in time. How did the driver see the man?

Solution: It was day time.
4. Why is it better to have round manhole covers than square ones? Thisis logical rather than lateral, but it is a good puzzle that can besolved by lateral thinking techniques

Solution : A square manhole cover can be turned and dropped down thediagonal ofthe manhole. A round manhole cannot be dropped down the manhole. So forsafety and practicality, all manhole covers should be round.
5. A man went to a party and drank some of the punch. He then leftearly.Everyone else at the party who drank the punch subsequently died ofpoisoning. Why did the man not die?

Solution: The poison in the punch came from the ice cubes. When the mandrankthe punch, the ice was fully frozen. Gradually it melted, poisoning the punch.