Lateral thinking = creative innovation
Lateral Thinking Puzzles 31 to 37
31. Puzzling Rice.
Think of these puzzles as a means to creative solutions for real-world problems.
A man buys enormous quantities of rice for $1 a pound, sells it to the poor for 10 cents a pound, and becomes a millionaire. How?
Clue – More extremely rich people should do this.
“Lateral thinking is a set of systematic techniques used for changing perceptions and concepts by unusual or unorthodox means, even when the means may at first seem illogical.”
Answer – He started as a billionaire.
32. Many Wives can be Puzzling.
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A man marries 50 very happy wives but he is not a polygamist. How?
Clue – He is a person held in very high regard in the community.
Creativity of the mind can be learned.
Answer – The man is a priest.
33. Shotgun Puzzle.
Puzzles are excellent tools for inspiring creativity.
A man fires a shot from his huge shotgun and realizes that it was a mistake. He will almost certainly die soon. How does he die if he isn’t shot?
Clue – The bigger the gun, the more likely this will happen.
Lateral thinking is the deliberate breaking of the shackles that inhibit creative and original thinking
Answer – He starts a huge avalanche.
34. Puzzling Murder Excuse.
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An unscrupulous man commits inexcusable murder. He is rightfully convicted. However, he does not go to jail because it would be an injustice to do so. Why?
Clue – It is wrong to send an innocent man to jail.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought
Answer – The man has a Siamese twin.
35. Puzzling Death.
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A man is dead in a locked (from the inside) empty room. He has been stabbed in the chest, but there is no weapon to be found?
Clue – There is a watermark on the floor where water has evaporated.
Life is “trying things to see if they work”
Answer – The man stabbed himself with an icicle.
36. Rescue Puzzle.
Puzzles aren’t the end of the lateral thinking discipline, they’re only the beginning.
A man who cannot swim at all falls overboard without a life preserver or anything else to assist him. Several hours later, the ship returns and rescues the man. How is it he didn’t drown?
Clue – The location is important here.
What is now proved was once only imagined
Answer – He was in the dead sea. The water salinity kept him floating without needing to swim.
37. One-Way Puzzle.
Don’t forget to try out the word puzzles below on your kids.
A truck driver going south on a one-way street that goes north is spotted by a police officer. How is it that he doesn’t get a ticket?
Clue – No fuel required.
You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club
Answer – The truck driver was walking.
Michael Muxworthy – Lateral thinking author of fiction