Word Games - Lateral Thinking
These puzzles involve some novel way of thinking
or looking at the problem from an unexpected viewpoint. The term
'lateral thinking' was coined by Edward de Bono to denote a
problem-solving style that involves looking at the given
situation from unexpected angles. It is the sort of thinking
that computers cannot not do: creative and perceptual thinking.
These puzzles can be more easily solved by applying new
approaches and checking assumptions.
Example: Why do Chinese men eat more rice than Japanese men?
Solution: There are more Chinese men than Japanese men.
4. Ball in a Hole
A table tennis ball fell into a tight deep pipe. The pipe was
only a bit wider then the ball, so you can not use your hand.
How would you take it out, with no damage?
5. U2 has a concert that starts in 17 minutes
and they must all cross a bridge to get there. All four men
begin on the same side of the bridge. You must help them across
to the other side. It is night. There is one flashlight. A
maximum of two people can cross at one time. Any party who
crosses, either 1 or 2 people, must have the flashlight with
them. The flashlight must be walked back and forth, it cannot be
Each band member walks at a different speed. A pair must walk
together at the rate of the slower man's pace:
Bono:- 1 minute to cross
Edge:- 2 minutes to cross
Adam:- 5 minutes to cross
Larry:-10 minutes to cross
For example: if Bono and Larry walk across first, 10 minutes
have elapsed when they get to the other side of the bridge. If
Larry then returns with the flashlight, a total of 20 minutes
have passed and you have failed the mission.
More lateral thinking puzzles
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