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.


9. The Burning Island
You are in the center of on an island that is a kilometer long and half a kilometer wide. The vegetation is very dry from a long drought. Suddenly it catches fire at one end of the island, and a strong wind is blowing it towards you, burning the whole width of the island. There's no beach, only steep cliffs, and the sea is full of sharks. What can you do?



10. The Coal, Carrot and Scarf
Five pieces of coal, a carrot and a scarf are lying on the lawn but nobody placed them there. Why are they there?



More lateral thinking puzzles

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